Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. This is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am sure you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that each 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!
Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we desire a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another good reason to place your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
What if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? As you know, just a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - it will ruin the picture, if you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What will happen if we're at the lowest 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 is fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block some 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 does not change the light in any manner - it's inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton sweet, 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 forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You can place a three stop neutral density filter along with 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 hint post, I Will go into even more cool things you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.