Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter concerns. This is just 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't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am certain 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!
Incidentally, were you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was blocking the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We know that to get the sharp image, we are in need of 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 will never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you know - if you let in too much, it's going to ruin the picture.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? suppose that we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is fine, it's going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to block a certain amount of light. That's all! It doesn't change the light in any way - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton sweet, that silky - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 set 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 hint article, I'll go into even more cool things you certainly can do to improve your landscape photography with these essential camera equipment accessories.