Specify the exposure time your camera recommends for your chosen subject before you add the filter. Then decide the ND Filter you want to use. And there you have it: you've already figured out your updated exposure window. Isn't it fantastic?
Why use a neutral density filter in landscape photography? Many photographers think that the use of such a filter makes their photos less interesting. I am here to tell you that this is absolutely not the case. All the elements in your photo are important to the overall composition, so using a neutral density filter doesn't make a photo useless. See my gear, to figure out which ones I use !!!
The most common problem photographers have with using filters is they try to alter the photo in some way. For instance, they may use a much stronger aperture than normal. If you use a highly activated filter, the photograph will be cluttered and there will be too many contrast problems. On the other hand, if you use a normal aperture, your photograph will tend to have too much noise and look flat.
Another common problem is the photographer tries to make the photo more interesting by cropping the image. This can be disastrous, as even if the image is great, it will not look very pleasing when printed out. Why? Because the image was not focused on a center focal point, like the flowers or trees in the photo. If the focus is on one detail in the photograph, then the entire photo will be lost when printed out. Focus on the focal point in your photo, and then crop the image as needed.
The third common problem photographers face is using a very soft filter. You see, many digital filters contain an excessive amount of stray light which tends to wash out certain portions of your photograph. When you try to enlarge a picture using a light filter, you may end up with a photograph that looks flat and over-exposed. Do not waste your time or money on an overly-saturated filter.
Some photographers feel that using a neutral density filter in landscape photography reduces the depth of the photograph. It is true that sometimes a highly-exposed photograph loses its beauty if it is filled with too much light. However, the opposite is true as well. An overly-light photograph can actually be made more appealing if its shadows are less than the light. To achieve this effect, experiment with different lighting conditions and see how you can achieve your desired result.
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