To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo suggestion. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which should be at all times in your bag! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every 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 actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We realize that to get the sharp image, we want a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one.
Another good reason to set your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? As you understand, just a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - it is going to ruin the shot if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it's going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limits.
The simple fix would be to block a number 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 obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at that sleek, waterfall that is cotton sweet - 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 set 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 article, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these vital camera equipment accessories.