Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo suggestion. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera gear that should be at all times in your bag! It is 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.
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 massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, were you aware that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we want a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Only a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you know - should you let in too much, it will destroy the photo.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What will happen if we're 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's fine, it's going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix would be to obstruct some of that light since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any way - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot cotton candies waterfall, that sleek - on a brilliant 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 could put 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 lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion article, I Will go into even more cool things you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are essential.