12th January 2005, 09:42 AM
As a part of my new years resolution to become a better photographer I went to photography shop and purchased a Neutral Density filter. My hopes are that this will improve photographs that are taken in low light and cloudly contions. The only filter I purchased was a +2. I plan to add the the rest of the filter values once I learned to use this filter better. What other light conditions are approriate to use the ND filter and what F-stop and shutter speeds should be used in suck instances? Also I learned recently that I can screw one filter on top of another yet I don't hear much about this what other filter should I use with the ND filter, I was thinking maybe a polarizing. I've also been trying the understand the differences between a graduate neutral density and a neutral density filter if there is one.
Last edited by Kytus; 12th January 2005 at 09:47 AM.
12th January 2005, 10:12 AM
you are purchasing ND filter to improve photographs that are taken in low lught and cloudly condition? where do you get this idea from?
12th January 2005, 10:15 AM
Thinks he mixup this two kinds of filters.
Originally Posted by Kytus
12th January 2005, 10:17 AM
ND filter is not to improve photos in low light and cloudly conditions. I think you had mistaken!
Originally Posted by Kytus
The purpose of a ND filter is to cut down light from entering the lens. Say my camera max. shutter speed is 1/1000sec but the light condition require a higher shutter speed than my camera's max shutter speed. So therefore I use a ND filter to stop-down.
I would suggest you read some basic photography books about 'Understanding exposure' and etc.
Last edited by XXX Boy; 12th January 2005 at 10:20 AM.
12th January 2005, 10:19 AM
ND filter is to reduce light entering the lens, thus its to slow down shutter speed in bright light (to make speed trails) or GND is used to eg; reduce the brightness of the sky in contrast to the ground/sea/building...
12th January 2005, 10:30 AM
Precisely... ND is to hold back the highlights such as bright sky/sun while maintaining the details for the subject. dude.
Originally Posted by popeye
12th January 2005, 11:03 AM
Kytus, like the rest have chimed, you've got ND filters all wrong. Also, stacking filters is possible but not recommended as you run the risk of vignetting, ie. you see little black round edges in your shot-frame. About grad. density filters, those are filters where about half of the filter-glass is darkened in a gradual progression, to allow you to reduce horizon and sky glare while keeping the foreground subject lightened - ie. usually for landscape shots.
12th January 2005, 11:21 AM
Originally Posted by nemesis32
May I know you are talking about ND filter or graduate ND filter?
12th January 2005, 01:13 PM
Oppss.. what i describe is graduated ND. i believe he bought grad ND and not normal ND as normal ND just reduce light coming in for the whole pic. If thats what he needs, he can actually use a cir-polarisor which is a ND as well but helps to improve colour saturation and cut down on reflection etc.
Originally Posted by catchlights
12th January 2005, 01:36 PM
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