ND Filter vs. No Filter
Photography Tips and Tricks
Have you ever really wondered what an ND filter really does? Does it really make that much of a difference when it comes to taking a landscape photo? Well, my friend, I conducted a test for you guys so you can see what a 10 stop ND filter looks like in comparison to no filter at all.
Yes, I hiked 7+ miles one way just to conduct this test for you ;)
So let me start off with saying why I love my 10 stop ND filter. It is pretty amaze balls for when you are trying to do a few things:
Photograph in the harsh light
Photograph waterfalls or moving water
Wanting to take a long exposure
I particularly like to use the 10 Stop ND Filter when I am wanting to have that nice smooth water effect, but I cannot have a long exposure. The Filter allows me to crank my shutter speed to 20” and lower during the middle of the day. How cool is that?!!
A Neutral Density filter allows a photographer to control the exposure in an image very easily. The filter stops light reaching the camera sensor, therefore allowing us to leave the camera with a higher aperture for a longer amount of time.
This blog post is strictly to show you the difference between using a filter and not using a filter. We will get into how to use an ND filter and what they are all about in a different post. So stay tuned!
When do you find yourself using a ND filter? Comment below and let me know :)
10 Stop ND Filter vs. No Filter:
Side by side comparison:
These photos were taken at high noon at about 10,000’ elevation with all the glare imaginable due to the granite backdrop and the water.
Photograph with No Filter:
Settings: ISO 64 | f14 | 1/60”
Photograph with 10 Stop ND Filter:
Settings: ISO 64 | f14 | 20”
So there you have it. The 10 stop ND filter vs. No filter. I thought this would just be a fun comparison and help you see the difference between using a ND filter vs not using one :)
Wishing you nothing but a beautiful day!