Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo tip 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 is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
It's possible for you to shoot it so that every 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!
Incidentally, did you know 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 tip...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and need a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to place your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant day? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - it's going to destroy the photo, should you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? suppose that we are 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 certainly fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix would be to block a number of that light, since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any way - it is neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candy, that silky - on a brilliant 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 could put a five stop along with a three stop neutral density filter together 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 article, I'll go into even more cool things that you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera gear accessories.