Last May, I did a short tutorial on Neutral Density filters. I was using a very inexpensive set of ND filters on my GH2 to show you the basic principles of how a Neutral Density filter threaded onto the lens of your camera works by cutting out the light in stops so your iris can remain wide open, even in bright daylight without over exposing your shots. When photographing moving water, for example, an ND filter will prevent over exposure due to too much light entering into your lens. When shooting video, an ND filter is very important while recording outdoors. When you want to keep your shutter at 1/50th to create a film look (see how to do that HERE) at 24fps, your aperture size will depend on the light introduced. In order to keep the shallow depth of filed that DSLRs are known for, staying wide open is necessary. This is not possible if too much light is present. This is where an ND filter comes in handy.
If you don’t want to switch out ND filters according to the light in each scene, a Fader ND filter is pretty handy. Faders are useful because you can dial in the density that you need. In the video below I show the Light Craft Workshop Digi Pro-HD ND Filter to demonstrate how to use a fixed ND filter size to any size lens thread by using simple step-up and step-down rings. You can also purchase really inexpensive lens caps to fit all of your step rings.adaptor ring, camera, Canon, Digi Pro HD, DSLR, fader, How To, lens adaptor, lens cap, Light Craft Workshop, Light Craft Workshop Variable ND Filter, ND filter, neutral density filter, photo, photography, step up ring, tutorial, Variable ND Filter, videography, what is a neutral density filter
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