To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. This is another piece of camera equipment that 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 must be in the camera.
I am sure you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
It's possible for you to 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 gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls actually ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which 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 sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and desire a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you understand - it'll destroy the photo should you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we're at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it's going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
Since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to obstruct a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, cotton candy waterfall - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter 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 hint post, I'll go into even more cool things you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are essential.