To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters!
Now's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. This is just another piece of camera equipment that should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to 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 can shoot it so that it looks like a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Picture 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 want a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Only a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you understand - it is going to destroy the picture, should 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're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix is to block a few of that light, since our difficulty is that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not change the light in any way - it's inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that sleek, waterfall that is cotton candies - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 can set 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 tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these vital camera equipment accessories.