Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. This is just another piece of camera gear which 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 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 can shoot it so that it resembles a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, were you aware that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we need a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one.
Another great reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
What if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant day? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you understand - it'll ruin the picture, if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limits.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to obstruct a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at cotton candy waterfall, that glossy - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 could place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these essential camera gear accessories.