Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can not 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 each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to 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 actually ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We are aware 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 set your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you know - it's going to ruin the picture should 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 an excessive amount of light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
Since our difficulty is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to obstruct some of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to obstruct a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candies, that silky - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. It's possible for you to 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 three stop neutral density filter and a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I'll go into even more cool things you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.