Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo tip. This is 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 must be in the camera.
I am certain 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 can 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 ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We realize 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 great reason to place your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Merely a specific amount of light can be let in for a great exposure as you know - if you let in too much, it will destroy the picture.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we're at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is certainly fine, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a few of that light since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it's neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that sleek, waterfall that is cotton candy - on a bright 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 place a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are essential.