Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. 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 must be in the camera.
I am sure you have 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 can shoot it so that it looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls really 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 know that to get the image that is sharp, we want a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another good reason to set your camera on guide! 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 brilliant daytime? Merely a certain amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you know - should you let in too much, it's going to ruin the photo.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix is to block 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's made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't alter the light in any manner - it's neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, waterfall that is cotton candies - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 a three stop neutral density filter 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 camera equipment accessories that are vital.