Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Today's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. This is just another piece of camera gear 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 must be in the camera.
I'm sure you've 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 massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and need a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to place your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
What if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? Only a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you know - should you let in too much, it is going to ruin the picture.
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So we first 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 alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's fine, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to obstruct a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it's inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot cotton candies waterfall, that silky - 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 five stop and a three stop neutral density filter 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 you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are vital.