To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. This is another piece of camera gear which 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 has to be in the camera.
I am certain you have 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 looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, do you realize that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which 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 image that is sharp, we need a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another good reason to set your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? As you understand, just a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - should you let in too much, it's going to ruin the shot.
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So we begin 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 alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's fine, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix would be to block a number of that light since our difficulty 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 change the light in any way - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candies, that sleek - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of 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 put a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick article, I Will go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.