Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which should be at all times in your bag! It is another filter effect that can't 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 every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it looks like a gigantic 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 blocking the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and need a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Only a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure as you understand - it will destroy the picture if you let in too much.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What 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 is nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our problem 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's designed to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any manner - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at that sleek, cotton candy waterfall - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You could set a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint article, I'll go into even more cool things you can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are vital.