To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo suggestion. This is another piece of camera equipment that should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that each 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 really stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and want a quick shutter speed.
Another great reason to set your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? As you understand, merely a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - it'll destroy the picture if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that 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 fine, it is going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix would be to block some 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's made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That is all! It does not change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton sweet, that sleek - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 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 tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are crucial.