To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Equipment Should Include 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't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am certain 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 massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, do you realize that Niagara Falls actually 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 are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we are in need of a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another good reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
What if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? As you know, only a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - it will destroy the shot if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the lowest 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 is certainly nice, it's going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix would be 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 made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at that sleek, cotton sweet waterfall - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You can place a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I'll go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are crucial.