Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment 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 gear that should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It must 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 resembles a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, did you know that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and need a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
What if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Merely a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you know - it's going to destroy the shot if you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
Since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block some 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 is all! It does not change the light in any manner - it's neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot cotton candy waterfall, that glossy - 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 forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You could put a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick article, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these crucial camera equipment accessories.