Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. This is just another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times to get better landscape photography! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm 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 huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We realize that to get the sharp image, we desire a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another good reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Only a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - it's going to destroy the photo if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we are 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 is fine, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix is to obstruct some 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's designed to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candy, that glossy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may put a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop 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 suggestion post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these crucial camera equipment accessories.