To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo tip. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times! 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.
It's possible for you to shoot it so that each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it resembles a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we desire a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to put your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright day? Merely a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you understand - it'll destroy the shot if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the smallest 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 nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our difficulty is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block a number of that light.
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 does not alter the light in any manner - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that silky, cotton sweet waterfall - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various strengths. It's possible for you to 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 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 tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.