To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera equipment which 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 am sure you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that each 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 truly stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and want a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant day? As you know, merely a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - if you let in too much, it's going to ruin the picture.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What will happen if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix is to obstruct a few of that light since our problem 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's all! It does not change the light in any way - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that sleek, cotton sweet waterfall - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. 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 tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these indispensable camera equipment accessories.