Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Today's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera gear that should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm certain you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
It's possible for you to shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it looks like a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, did you know that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We are aware that to get the sharp image, we desire a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another great reason to set your camera on guide! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They are going to look like everyone else's.
What if we want an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? As you know, only a certain amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure - if you let in too much, it will destroy the shot.
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So we first begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? Imagine if we're at the smallest 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 nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix would be to block some 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 is made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at that glossy, waterfall that is cotton candy - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several 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 place a five stop along with a three stop neutral density filter collectively for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint article, I Will go into even more cool things you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are indispensable.