In this article we will discover a different way of phototgraphy. Using neutral density filters for Landscape long exposure photography.
The neutral density filter is a photo filter that reduces light and allows us enormous flexibility in changes in aperture and / or exposure time.
I love them, in landscape photograhy they are fundamental.
I use the Neutral Density 64 Filter and Neutral Density 500 Filter with 77mm diameter by Manfrotto, they are always part of my travels. They are high quality glass filters that allow for sharper images. The filters come with a convenient, reusable and simple to use storage case.
I’ll say the neutral density filters are like sunglasses for my lens. These filters are intended to block (absorb) light in a controlled manner before it passes through the lens to be captured by the camera sensor. Neutral density filters have this name because they reduce the passage of light evenly across the entire visible spectrum of colors.
There are several types of neutral density filters, the filters are classified according to the amount of light: an ND2 filter will block a light stop; one ND4, two stops; one ND8, three stops; and so on.
Long Exposures are particularly effective in landscape photography, with long exposures, you will have a very distinctive and unique picture. It’s easy to make this kind of photo: just put the camera on the tripod and use long exposures (They can take from 1 second to several minutes!)
I leave here some examples from my recent trips in Europe.