To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can 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 gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing 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 want a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another good reason to put your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Merely a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure, as you understand - it'll destroy the photo, should you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we're at the lowest 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 is fine, it will give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limits.
Since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to block a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any way - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at that sleek, waterfall that is cotton sweet - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of 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 can put a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo suggestion article, I Will go into even more cool things you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.