Using Neutral Density Filter

Photography is an art, an art that leave behind so many memories. But if your pictures are not clear enough as if they are shaken or blurred or because of the extra light the subject is overshadowed then we just repent for the same. Nothing can be done. But if we use right filters with right settings we can make these memories a treat to watch even after years.

Here we are to explain the use or ways to use a neutral density filter so that we can do away those blurry images (see example img below).

Example of a blurry image.

Neutral density filters can be used to reduce the light that passes through the lens of you camera. They don’t really change the color but then certainly are used to reduce light. The photographer who is using a neutral density filter also have to option to adjust the light according to the requirement and then do the rest of the settings. If you are using a digital camera you can immediately check the photos and then make out as to which neutral density filter will suit the best. Generally these filters are categorized as two fold. One is the whole filter which is grey and the other is graduated filter which defines that the bottom is clear and the top is much darker.

These neutral density filters can be used in many situations as capturing the water motion, reducing profundity of a field, minimize the visibility of objects that are moving etc. hence we can understand that neutral density filters work wonders in photography. Neutral density filters can also control the laser light which is considered to be the most difficult light. These filters are used in the path of the light to achieve the required amount of light. It therefore, helps to cut the brightness and increase the contrast making the images look more clear.

Neutral Density Filter – An answer to the light

Neutral – as the name suggests this filter helps in reducing the light that passes through your camera in a very uniform manner. Neither too less nor too more. There is wonderful quote by Peter Hill. He says An ND filter is to a camera lens what a pair of sunglasses is to a human.

Purpose – While shooting the camera lens has to face a huge amount of light. This light affects the clarity of the picture. Using a neutral density filter can be of great help to reduce this light that the camera lens has to face. Neutral density or as we better know ND filter is very useful in shooting some special images. Images of waterfall, architectural monuments etc are some of them. If you are not using the ND filter you will end up with foggy images of the same. ND filter also assist you when you are using flash function for close ups.

Recognition – The look of ND filter is not very appealing. It has very simple looks with dull grey color. It does not really accessories your camera but its natural grey color keeps it unaffected and helps in reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens of the camera.

Uses – In photography the evenly distribution of light is very important .the photographer has to have greater controls in exposure times. Using a neutral density filter can solve all such problems. The most important part of this filter is that it acts as a barrier to the light that reaches the lens of the camera. It is used in featuring some special photographs of waterfalls, landscapes, monuments etc. without this filter it is not possible to get clear pictures of such sites.beleive me using this filter really helps! Though its look is not so appealing but it really work wonders making the pictures look awesome.

Calculations – Physical density and mathematical notations are the two systems used to measure the reduction of light by a neutral density filter. The purpose of the former system is to identify the quantity of diluted light shooting the film plane and the latter identifies the use of the filter mathematically.

Conditions – There are certain conditions as to where to use the neutral density filter. It is not advisable to use this filter on a shinning day and also at dim areas. Know you filter well as you know your camera. Understand the ifs and buts of the filter you use and then there’s no looking back, you will see your filter works wonders.