Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Today's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. This is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and desire a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Only a specific amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you understand - it is going to ruin the shot, if you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix is to obstruct a number of that light since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is made to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, cotton sweet waterfall - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You can set a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick article, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these vital camera gear accessories.