At the time of writing this post we have more of these very popular 10 stop ND filters back in in most sizes. The factory had its production schedules left in tatters trying to keep up with demand. All because folks posted images using them on the net and then everyone wanted one! Wondering why? Take a look at the images below yep that’s why…
“Cliffs of Netanya” by Rosie Galitz ( using a B+W ND 110)
Here are a few tips to help you get the best from your purchase whether it is a 6 or 10 stop Neutral Density filter. These strong ND filters allow photographers to shoot at the slow shutter speeds needed to give that fairy floss or laminar look to water, rivers, waterfalls, waves etc… They also give you the ability to control apertures much more effectively in very strong light environments such as deserts or beaches and thus depth of field.
“The swimming hole” Kevin Kroeker ( using a B+W ND 110)
For water and sunsets shots you will need a tripod and it is best to set your camera to manual mode for both metering and focusing. Which now means you also have to compensate for the 10 stops manually in either aperture or time?
To get the nice flow effects in water you need to have a least a 2-6 second exposure, this will depend on how fast the water is moving so a few test shots might be needed. Plus it is good form to not overexpose the water as you will lose the detail in it.
In regions of bright light it can be difficult to shoot with your preferred shutter speed or aperture an ND filter gives you extra control. It will also allow you to control the depth of field. A 3 stop filter is the best choice for this.
Here is a neat photo trick that Architectural photographers have been using for years, for busy streets or temples packed with tourists, set your camera up on a tripod and shoot as long exposure as you can… at least 20 seconds up to several minutes (the longer the better) and presto you will have deserted streets in your image, yep… that’s right you had Angkor Wat temples … all to yourself.
Strong ND filters display some colour shift (due to the extra Infrared reaching the sensor) so 6 and 10 stop will display a warmer image. You can correct for this by using custom white balance. Shooting in raw or DNG if you have it on your camera will allow you to fine tune exposure and white balance if needed with your chosen software. A search on google will find plently of helpful pages on how to do this.