Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear 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 is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm 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 massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls truly 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 tip...
We know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and desire a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? As you know, just a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - it is going to ruin the shot, if you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we're at the lowest 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's nice, it is 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 problem is 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 a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It doesn't alter the light in any way - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that sleek, cotton candy waterfall - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 can 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 lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I'll go into even more cool things you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these crucial camera gear accessories.