Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo suggestion. 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 not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm sure you have 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 resembles a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, were you aware that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Picture 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 want a slow one and are in need of a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to put your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant day? Just a particular amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you know - should you let in too much, it'll destroy the picture.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we are at the smallest 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's nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to obstruct a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - 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 glossy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You could place a five stop along with a three stop neutral density filter together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I'll go into even more cool things you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.