To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!
The neutral density filter is concerned by now's photo tip. This is just another piece of camera equipment that should be in your bag at all times to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I am certain you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that each drop of water is in sharp relief... or you can shoot it so that it resembles a massive string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, do you realize that Niagara Falls truly ceased flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our point...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we want a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one.
Another great reason to place your camera on guide! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright day? Only a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you know - it'll destroy the picture if you let in too much.
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So we first 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 choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is nice, it will give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are constraints.
Since our problem is that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to block some 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 doesn't alter the light in any way - it's neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that silky, cotton candies waterfall - on a brilliant sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in several strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You may set a three stop neutral density filter and a five stop together for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip article, I'll go into even more cool things that you certainly can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are indispensable.