To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Gear!
Today's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera gear which 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.
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 resembles a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, did you know that Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking 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 need a fast shutter speed and to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one.
Another good reason to set your camera on manual! You will never get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
What if we need an extremely slow shutter speed, but it is a bright daytime? Merely a particular amount of light can be let in for a good exposure, as you understand - it is going to destroy the photo, if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we are at the lowest aperture setting - and we still have an excessive amount of 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 limits.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a few 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 is designed to block a certain amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any way - it is inert. The light going into the lens has all the same properties; there's only less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot waterfall that is cotton candy, that silky - on a bright 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 place 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 suggestion article, I Will go into even more cool things that you can certainly do to improve your landscape photography with these camera equipment accessories that are vital.