To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
Today's photo suggestion 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's another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm certain 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 gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We realize that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and desire a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to set your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
What if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Merely a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - it's going to ruin the photo if you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limits.
The simple fix would be to block some of that light, since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not 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're now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candy, that silky - 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 can set a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.