To Get Better Landscape Photography, Your Camera Gear Should Include Neutral Density Filters!
The neutral density filter concerns. 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't 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 each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and need a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we need a really slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you know - should you let in too much, it'll destroy the photo.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? What will happen if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next option would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix is to block a number 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's designed to obstruct a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not alter the light in any way - it is inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot that glossy, waterfall that is cotton sweet - on a bright 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 may put a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have tons of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo hint post, I Will go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to enhance your landscape photography with these essential camera gear accessories.