Your Camera Equipment Should Contain Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera equipment which should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm 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, do you realize that Niagara Falls really 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 image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and desire a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant day? As you know, only a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - if you let in too much, it'll ruin the shot.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What will happen if we are at the lowest 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's nice, it's going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a few of that light since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any way - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot cotton candies waterfall, that silky - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 could set a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint article, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.