Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo suggestion. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which should be in your bag at all times! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am sure you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
It's possible for you to shoot it so that every 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!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we need a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another great reason to put your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? As you understand, merely a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure - it will destroy the photo if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it's going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limits.
Since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any way - it's inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at that sleek, waterfall that is cotton candies - 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 set a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these vital camera gear accessories.