Sound Advice For Stunning Images For Whitecap Saskatchewan

To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!

The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo tip. This is another piece of camera gear that 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 must be in the camera.

I am sure you have 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 looks like a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!

Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!

Anyway, back to our tip...

We are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we need a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.

Another good reason to put your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.

What if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Just a particular amount of light can be let in for a great exposure, as you know - it is going to destroy the shot, if you let in too much.

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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What if we are at the lowest 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 nice, it's going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.

Since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block some of that light.

Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.

The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any manner - it is neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.

Voilla! You're now able to shoot that glossy, cotton candies waterfall - on a brilliant sunny day!

Neutral density filters come in several strengths. You can block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You can set a five stop along with 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 only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I Will go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.