To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
Today's photo tip concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
It's possible for you to shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it resembles a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we are in need of a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one.
Another good reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Just a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you understand - should you let in too much, it will destroy the photo.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we are 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 fine, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limits.
The simple fix would be to obstruct some of that light, since our difficulty is 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 a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not change the light in any way - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that glossy, waterfall that is cotton sweet - 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 place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are vital.