Digital SLR Cameras For Landscape Digital Photography For Paxton Florida

Improve Your Landscape Photography With Split Neutral Density (ND) Filters

You'll find the sky is significantly brighter than the landscape, often when taking landscape photographs. This may make it almost impossible to keep detail in the sky without the landscape being too dark, without the sky being overly bright and to keep detail in the landscape.

One remedy to this problem is the split neutral density filter. This is a filter that can be placed in front of the lens. One half of the filter is clear, while the other half is dark.

Commonly, you will put the dark section of the filter over the sky to darken the sky, while the section that is clear is put over the landscape. You also don't have to worry about the sky being overly glowing and can then show right for the landscape.

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Split neutral density filters come in two varieties - edge that is hard and graduated edge. Graduated edge means that there is a soft transition between the soft and dark parts of the filter. As the transition appears more natural than a hard border calibrated split neutral density filters or soft edge are normally chosen for landscape photography.

Tough edge split neutral density filters are more useful when shooting a photo with a well defined horizon that forms a solid line. The split line of the filter can then be put along this line. They are specifically useful when the sun is on or just over the horizon.

Both hard border and calibrated split neutral density filters are offered in a range of strengths: ND0.3 = 1 stop

ND0.6 = 2 stops

ND0.9 = 3 stops

The larger in difference between the brightness of the landscape and also the sky, the stronger the filter you will want to use.

Although split neutral density filters are available as glass screw-in filters, most photographers prefer a Cokin P or similar 'slot-in' established filter system. This allows the filter to readily rotate and transfer the filter up and down, placing the dark section of the filter just where you require it.

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The main benefit of split neutral density filters of equalizing exposure in a photo, over software approaches is that you could see the result the moment you take the photo. Additionally, it saves on the work involved with applications based solutions.

The disadvantage, however, is where the horizon is clearly outlined, that split neutral density filters operate best. When you have objects, such as trees in your image, which are both below and above the horizon, you will discover that the very top of the item will be darkened while the bottom will not. This really is the main issue with split neutral density filters, and in situations like these a software solution to handling the exposure may be preferable.

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