Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. This is another piece of camera gear 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'm 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 can shoot it so that it looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, were you aware that Niagara Falls actually ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we are in need of a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one.
Another great reason to set your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant day? Only a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure as you understand - it'll destroy the picture, if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What will happen if we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to block a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it's inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot cotton sweet waterfall, that sleek - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 put a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop 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 tip post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can do to improve your landscape photography with these indispensable camera equipment accessories.