Your Camera Equipment Should Include Neutral Density Filters, to Get Better Landscape Photography!
The neutral density filter is concerned by today's photo hint. This is another piece of camera equipment that should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am sure you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it resembles a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, were you aware that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We are aware that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and desire a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on manual! You'll never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? Just a certain amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you know - if you let in too much, it is going to ruin the picture.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? suppose that we are at the smallest 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's nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a few of that light, since our difficulty is that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that glossy, waterfall that is cotton sweet - on a brilliant 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 could set a five stop and also a three stop neutral density filter together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are essential.