Your Camera Equipment Should Contain Neutral Density Filters to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo suggestion concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear that should be at all times in your bag! It is another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I'm certain you've 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 massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, did you know that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was obstructing the Niagara River? Visualize a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We know that to get the image that is sharp, we desire a quick shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one.
Another good reason to set 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 need a really slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Only a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you understand - it will ruin the shot should you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? Imagine if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next alternative would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our difficulty is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix would be to block a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that is made to obstruct a a predetermined amount of light. That is all! It does not change the light in any manner - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at cotton sweet waterfall, that glossy - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in various 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 could set a three stop neutral density filter along with a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are essential.