Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo hint. 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't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am sure you have 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 looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, are you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and want a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to place your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you understand - if you let in too much, it is going to destroy the shot.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What if we are at the smallest 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's nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix is to block 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 designed to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't alter the light in any way - it is neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is simply less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candies, that silky - 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 three stop neutral density filter and a five stop together 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 that you can do to improve your landscape photography with these essential camera gear accessories.