WHY USE ND FILTERS – NEUTRAL DENSITY AND WATER

WHY USE ND FILTERS – NEUTRAL DENSITY AND WATER

Most people who own a camera have heard of something called the ND FILTER, but few know how to use it and fewer still actually do use one to make more interesting photos.  What exactly is an ND filter?  It is basically a neutral, gray filter that restricts the light entering your lens and lets you vary the degree of the restriction by rotating the outside ring on the filter body. Here are two photos of Tiffen ND filters at minimum and maximum restriction:

 

tiffen 77mm nd filter

 

Why use an ND filter?

An ND filter forces you to shoot with a longer shutter speed, requiring the use of a tripod, but also removing the details from any objects that are moving in the frame. Quick example?  This is how photographers create the silky smooth falling water in waterfall photos taken with ND filters.

waterfall long exposure photo

By getting rid of the extra details of the ripples of water, you soften the way it looks and create incredibly interesting photos that mesmerize and intrigue the viewer.

Let’s see some samples!

To be honest, I never used ND filters until today, but I knew a whole lot about HOW and WHY they should be used. The images you see above are my very first trials, but they actually look presentable. What do you think about these photos? Let me know in the comments!

Which filter am I using in the test photos in this article (except the waterfall photo – this one is public domain)?

Tiffen Variable ND Filter (77mm): http://amzn.to/2iQIQEr

 

 

 

 

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