Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Today's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just 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 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 each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it resembles a gigantic 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 which was blocking the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and are in need of a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? As you know, only a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure - it's going to ruin the shot, if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What will happen if we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to block a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It doesn't alter the light in any way - it's neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that silky, waterfall that is cotton candies - on a brilliant 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 may place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.