Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera equipment which should be at all times in your bag! It's 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 can shoot it so that it looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, did you know that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
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 want a slow one.
Another great reason to put your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Only a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure as you understand - if you let in too much, it'll ruin the shot.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix is to block 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 made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that glossy, waterfall that is cotton sweet - 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 can place a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion article, I Will go into even more cool things you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.