Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo tip concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera equipment 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 am certain you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every 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!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls actually 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 desire a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you know - should you let in too much, it's going to destroy the picture.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we're 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 fine, it's going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix is to obstruct a number 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 made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candy, that glossy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of 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 could put a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these vital camera equipment accessories.