Your Camera Equipment Should Contain Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. This is another piece of camera equipment that 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'm 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 can shoot it so that it resembles a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture 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 need a slow one and want a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to set 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 bright day? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you know - it's going to destroy the photo should 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 are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly fine, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limits.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a number of that light, since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to block a certain amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at that sleek, waterfall that is cotton candy - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of 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 may put a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.