Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Today's photo tip concerns the neutral density filter. This is another piece of camera equipment which 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 am 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 looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, were you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we are in need of a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another good reason to set your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? As you know, just a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - it is going to destroy the photo, if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next option 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 constraints.
The simple fix would be to block a number 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 designed to obstruct a certain amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any way - it's neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candies, that silky - on a bright 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 can place a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these crucial camera equipment accessories.