With fall color and flowing water shooting season upon us, this is a good time to talk about using ND filters.

Mighty Mac image captured midday with a 5 stop Breakthrough Photography ND filter.

What are ND or Neutral Density Filters?

ND filters reduce the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor. Kind of like a welder wearing a welders mask.

By reducing the light reaching the sensor, it will allow you to shoot at lower shutter speeds allowing for longer or slower exposures.

This image was captured in late afternoon sun on my Vanguard tripod at 15 seconds with a 10 stop ND filter.

By shooting for 15 seconds, it allowed me to achieve the silky or milky flowing effect.

They make many different types of ND filters with different strengths or “stops” ranging from 3, 5, 10, and variable.

I will go over the different filter options and types of filters in my next blog.

Thank you for reading

Tom

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