Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear to Get Better Landscape Photography!
Now's photo tip concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is another piece of camera gear that should be in your bag at all times! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I am sure you've 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'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, were you aware that Niagara Falls really stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Envision a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we need a slow one and need a fast shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They're going to look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we want a really slow shutter speed, but it is a brilliant daytime? As you understand, only a specific amount of light can be let in for a great exposure - it will destroy the shot if you let in too much.
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So we start closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What if we're at the lowest 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's nice, it'll give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are constraints.
The simple fix would be to block 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 is made to block a certain amount of light. That is all! It doesn't change the light in any manner - it's neutral. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there is simply less of it.
Voilla! You are now able to shoot at waterfall that is cotton candy, 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 may place a three stop neutral density filter along with 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 trick article, 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 vital.