26/10/2014 4:28:00 AM by
Have you ever wondered what a Neutral Density / ND Filter is used for?
Photography is about using your tools to create the best possible photograph. There are many factors in buying camera equipment like filters. An item you should have in your kit is a Neutral Density (ND) filter.
What is a ND Filter And What Do They Do?
Neutral Density filters look like gray, clear or black glass. They reduce the amount of light that comes through the lens spilling into the filter and are used for certain types of photography. We currently range a couple of brands, like Hoya
, Kenko and Cokin Grad ND Filters
ND filters let you use slower shutter speeds and wider apertures. Slower shutter speeds let you film faster things like vehicles or sports photography while wider apertures let you make your subject stand out in the background. ND filters will also make your colors more saturated, making for a more striking picture.
When Do I Use ND Filters and How?
ND filters can be used in many cases to enhance your photography. If you need to control the amount of light coming through your lens, a lens from the Hoya PROND series is an excellent choice. For instance, the PROND1000
is a 10 Stop Filter, reducing the amount of light and yielding a neutral color balance. These lenses will allow you to use the ‘min’ and max’ settings to vary the amount of light you want.
The Hoya Variable Density filter
is made of high-quality optical glass, available in sizes 52mm to 82mm. The filters come in a prong and screw on form. When using ND filters, you should almost always have your DSLR camera mounted on a tripod. Its also said that it is best to shoot in RAW mode.
Which Filters Should I Use?
Camera-Warehouse carries several different series, but there are a few that can be used universally. If you’re wondering which filters you can use, here are some suggestions.
The Hoya HMC Neutral Density Filters
come in 2x, 4x and 8x. They are durable, water and oil repelling, scratch resistant filter made of high-quality optical glass. It is available in the following sizes: 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm.
Another good choice would be the Hoya ND Filter NDX400 Filter
. The NDX400 Filter is a 9 stop of light, its also hardened, waterproof, and scratch or stain resistant filter. It is available on our site in sizes 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, and 77mm, allowing for a dimmed light effect and less unwanted reflection on surfaces.
ND filters can be useful in photography but need to be experimented with in order to discover all the creative possibilities. Adding this to your kit could mean the difference between a good picture and a work of art.