To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
Today's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. This is just 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 has to be in the camera.
I am certain you have 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 gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture 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 place your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant day? Just a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you know - if you let in too much, it'll destroy the photo.
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So we start 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 alternative 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, noise 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 block a number of that light.
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 change the light in any way - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at cotton sweet waterfall, that glossy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 may place 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 lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.