To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera equipment which should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must 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 looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, are you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision 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 are in need of a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to place your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire a really 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 ruin 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 will happen if we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound 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 a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's only 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 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 may place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter 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 post, I Will go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are crucial.