Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can 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!
Incidentally, do you realize that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and want a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? Just a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you know - if you let in too much, it's going to ruin the picture.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is fine, it will 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's made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot cotton candy waterfall, that glossy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 place a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion post, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.