To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo suggestion. This is another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It must 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'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a huge 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? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and desire a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant day? Just a particular amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you understand - it will destroy the picture should you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a few of that light, since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to block a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any way - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is simply less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot cotton candies waterfall, that silky - 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 on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may set a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter together 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 article, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these crucial camera equipment accessories.