To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Contain Neutral Density Filters!
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 must be in the camera.
I'm sure you have 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 resembles a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, were you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped 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 point...
We know that to get the image that is sharp, we need a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire a really slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Just a particular amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you understand - it is going to destroy the shot should you let in too much.
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So we first begin 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 choice 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 difficulty is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to obstruct a few of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, cotton candy waterfall - 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 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 just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are indispensable.