Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. This is just 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'm sure you have 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 resembles a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, are you aware that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture 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 need a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you know - it will ruin the photo should you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not 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 fine, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to block a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is designed to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change 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 are now able to shoot at cotton candies waterfall, that sleek - 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 may place a five stop and a three stop neutral density filter together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I Will go into even more cool things you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these indispensable camera equipment accessories.