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 hint. 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'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'll be able to shoot it so that it resembles a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we want a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another great reason to set your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? As you know, only a particular amount of light can be let in for a good exposure - if you let in too much, it'll ruin the shot.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What if we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limits.
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's made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at that silky, waterfall that is cotton sweet - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 could place a five stop along with a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.