To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Equipment Should Contain Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo suggestion. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera equipment that should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can't 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 each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it looks like a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, do you realize that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We realize that to get the sharp image, we are in need of a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? As you understand, just a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - it's going to destroy the shot, if you let in too much.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we are at the lowest 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 nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix is to block 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 is designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candy, that glossy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 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 tip post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these vital camera equipment accessories.