To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo hint. This is another piece of camera gear which should be in your bag at all times to get better landscape photography! It's another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am sure 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 massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, did you know that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and need a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you know - it'll ruin the photo if you let in too much.
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So we first 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 option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limits.
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 is made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That is all! It does not change the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton sweet, that glossy - 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 on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may put a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I'll go into even more cool things you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these crucial camera equipment accessories.