Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. To get better landscape photography, this is just 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 am sure you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every 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, were you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We realize that to get the image that is sharp, we desire a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant day? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for a good exposure as you understand - should you let in too much, it will ruin the shot.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? suppose that we're at the smallest 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 is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to obstruct some of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It doesn't alter the light in any way - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candy, that silky - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 place a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop 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 trick post, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these crucial camera equipment accessories.