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 tip. This is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times to get better landscape photography! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to 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!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we desire a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another great reason to set your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright day? Just a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you know - it's going to ruin the shot, should you let in too much.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not 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 is going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limits.
The simple fix is to obstruct some of that light since our problem 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 block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candies, that sleek - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 and also a three stop neutral density filter together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick article, I'll go into even more cool things that you can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are crucial.