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In photography, a neutral density filter (ND filter) can be a colorless or grey filter. An ideal neutral density filter reduces and/or modifies intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, giving no changes in hue of color rendition. The purpose of a neutral density filter is to allow ...

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When should I use graduated ND filters and when should I use HDR processing?

I'd really like to stop blowing out the sky and/or underexposing the ground in my pictures. The traditional solution would be to use graduated ND filters, but taking multiple exposures and applying ...
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What ND filter would you recommend?

I'm thinking about getting an neutral density filter to shoot some silky waterfalls and smooths waves on the beach. What would you recommend in terms of: 1. Brand - quality, durability, price 2. ...
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ND filter or exposure compensation?

I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago looking for a neutral density filter, so I could play around with long exposure shots without overexposing. The guy at the camera shop told me I didn't need a ...
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Do ND filters increase the dynamic range that a camera can 'see'?

I am attempting to work out, conceptually, how the use of a neutral density filter effects the resulting captured image. Do ND filters allow a camera to capture higher contrast scenes (without ...
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What are neutral density filters and how do I use them to create long exposures in daylight?

I've seen a few related posts on the site but nothing specifically on this point: I'd like to be able to take long exposure photos during daylight (like the examples in this Flickr group). I'm told ...
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ND Filter not Dense enough - How do I get long exposures in very bright situations, where my ND filter isn't enough?

What is the best way to achieve very long exposures in very bright, sunlit conditions? Right now, I have a Hoya ND-400 X filter (9 stops reduction), and even with my camera set to ISO 50, and F22, my ...
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How do I use Graduated Neutral Density filters?

I want to improve my photos of landscapes with high contrast (sunset/sunrise). What are good selections for GND filters and what are some techniques for using them correctly?
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What's the result of stacking ND filters in terms of total stops?

If you stack two 3-stop neutral density filters, does it reduce the exposure by 6 stops or 9 stops?
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Why should I use a Graduated ND filter as opposed to the digital equivalent(software)?

With options like Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 allowing me to digitally apply a Graduated Neutral Density filter, why would I choose to use a piece of equipment that I have to buy and carry around? Related ...
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Screw-in or square filters in the field?

I currently carry a circular polarizer and a screw-in 4X ND with me in the field. I've decided it's time to upgrade my filters, because there are too many times when I really need an 8X ND (or more) ...
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How do welder's glass shades translate to stops when used as an ND filter?

I've been inspired by this to try using Welder's glass as an ND filter. For welders' glass, they use values of "shade" from about 4 up to 11 or so. I know 11 is really dark. Does anybody know if ...
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Is it possible to use two polarised filters to create a variable ND filter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between using an ND filter versus 2 polarizers? I was reading that by attaching two polarised filter we could create a variable ND filter. Has ...
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Why are my results with a variable neutral density filter poor?

I bought a inexpensive variable neutral density filter, this ND2-ND400 variety. I wasn't expecting a whole lot because of the very low price point, but I think I'm either using it incorrectly or my ...
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Will stacked ND filters perform as well as a single 10 stop ND filter?

I have the Tiffen 0.9 ND filter which gives me approximately 3f stops reduction. I like to really slow things down and although it's sufficient in low light it just won't do in daylight. Should I ...
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How to read ND filter description?

When I search on Amazon for eg. neutral density 67mm, I get long list of different filters. Some of them are marked like: ND2, ND4, ND8 etc. I'm guessing this means 2-, 4- or 8-stops filter, am I ...
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Whats the difference between Singh-Ray Vari-ND and cheap Fader-ND filters?

I think the Singh-Ray Vari-ND variable ND filter sounds great, but is really expensive. There are way cheaper variable ND filters from some chinese sites. I wonder: are the cheap ones worth the ...
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Will a variable neutral density filter produce similar results to a fixed neutral density filter?

I've decided to look at experimenting with neutral density filters and I found this variable neutral density filter on Amazon here in the UK. It's a lot cheaper than buying a set of filters of ...
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What filter should I buy if I wanted to do 5 min shutter speed in daylight?

What type of filter would I need to create an image such as the following: http://500px.com/photo/10158205
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ND filter vs stopping down for long exposures?

To achieve long exposures in daylight, one might need to stop down, or use an ND filter. By stopping down, the depth of field increases, but at some point the image quality/sharpness will suffer, due ...
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Where can I find comparisons for linear polarizers (for a cheap variable ND filter)?

Does anyone know of any good comparisons for linear polarizers, similar to the excellent circular polarizer test done by LensTip? Unfortunately, a number of those manufacturers don't offer the same ...
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Is it possible to use a polarizer and a ND filter at the same time?

Is is possible to use two filters (one polarizing and one ND) at the same time on a 18-55 kit lens from Canon. I am new to photography and wanted to work with filters. Do you suggest me buy these ...
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How are neutral density filters in compact cameras implemented?

I've read here on this very site that some compact cameras don't use aperture blades to stop down the lens and limit the amount of light hitting the sensor. Stopping down increases diffraction. ...
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How can I avoid star effect on light sources on long exposure photos?

I'm about to make some long exposure photos, but I don't want them to have this star effect on light sources. Can I avoid that with any filter? For this shot I used a Canon 18-55mm lenses. Note that ...
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Why are doubled polarization filters as continuous ND not popular? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between using an ND filter versus 2 polarizers? One thing I was always wondering when it comes to ND filters is why there's need for such a large ...
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What camera filter would I use to capture a long exposure seascape

Keith Naylor Has managed to capture some stunning examples of seascapes, (see example below) I fear that if I was there at the same time, my photo would be over exposed I believe he is using some ...
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If I'm buying a single ND filter, which stop is most versatile?

I'm going on holiday to Hawaii in November and would like to take some photography that will require an ND filter. Following the holiday it'll mostly be used for photography around the UK with maybe a ...
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What's the history of neutral density filters instead of aperture diaphragms in compact cameras?

Some compact cameras use neutral density filters to control light rather than aperture blades, to avoid the effects of diffraction in tiny sizes. I first heard of this as a feature of the Nokia N8 ...
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Can I photograph a solar eclipse using a 10-stop Big Stopper (+ extra ND?)

Will a 10-stop ND filter (Big Stopper) allow me to photograph a solar eclipse? I read in another post here that solar filters are around 14-stops - presumably I would need around this strength even ...
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Is ND400 insufficient for some sun moments?

I've taken a shot of the sun using my Tamron 70-300 (at 300) on my Nikon D5000 at 1/4000 and F40 and had attached the ND400 filter. The shot was taken mostly to test the filter so I ignored the dirty ...
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What can go wrong with extreme long term exposure?

Ok, maybe I'm crazy, but I'm curious what will happen when I combine a ND400 filter (9 stops) with a zone plate or zone sieve "lens." If I'm shooting a sunset, it I might get a 30 second exposure ...
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How can I take slow, wide-open photos in bright light? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are neutral density filters and how do I use them to create long exposures in daylight? I like to take photos of motorsports and high speed action. Sometimes I use ...
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Why does this shot appear to have the miniature “tilt-shift” effect?

I've been experimenting with a 9-stop, ND400, neutral density filter. It was very windy yesterday and here's a shot I took out my bathroom window. This was a 1 minute exposure at f22. ISO 100, 24mm ...
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Can I use a full ND filter as a pseudo hard-edge graduated filter?

Can I use a full, non-graduated ND filter positioned halfway (or another appropriate distance) over the lens to approximate a hard-edge graduated ND filter, or will the transition be too sudden?
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What are the uses of Neutral Density (ND) filters?

Apart from silky water effects and pics of crowded places what are other uses of ND filters? Almost every blog I have read mentions only these two situations. What other uses are their for ND ...
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how to focus with a ND filter

I've just bought a ND3 filter (-10 stops) and was looking for recommendations on how to focus the camera. Basically many recommendations are around focusing WITHOUT the filter, then switch to manual ...
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Can I use a polarizing filter as a neutral density filter to create motion blur on airplane photos?

Context Looking at the answer on How do I take pictures of planes flying at an airshow? I see that many of the shots have blurry rotors. I'm currently shooting at (210mm (1.5x crop), ISO 100, 1/800, ...
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How can I create a DIY ND400 filter?

I would rather not buy a $100 ND400 filter that I may or may not use multiple times. To get a taste for the options, I want to see if it is possible to create one inexpensively. I am not looking for ...
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Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?

I am looking to buy some more Lee ND filters, particularly ND's, but also some Coral's for sunset shots. I'd like to buy whole sets if possible (they usually sell .3, .6, and .9 sets for ND and Coral ...
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What filters should I get for mountain landscape photography?

I'm visiting the mountains of La Plagne in France. I'm hoping to get some nice photographs of the snow covered mountains while I'm there. I'm thinking of getting some filters for to use with my Cokin ...
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Should I expect better results from more expensive variable ND filters? [duplicate]

To be able to make videos, I purchased inexpensive ($25) Bower FN72 and FN58 filters. While I haven't expected anything great from inexpensive filters, the result was below my expectations, so I ...
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How to take a bulb mode shot of a road in day light? [duplicate]

I need to take the photo of the trailing vehicles on road at day time. I tried a shot in bulb mode at 100 ISO and f/22 of a road in daytime. But that photo is too bight(link below). How can i get the ...
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Where can I buy a 77mm 12 - 15 stop ND filter at a reasonable price.

It seems that Sigh-Ray offers a 15-stop 77mm ND filter for $480 USD. I understand quality glass is expensive but that seems extreme. Is there anyone else out there who offers a 12 or darker stop 77mm ...
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How do I practice with a ND filter?

I am headed out soon (a few weeks) on a trip that will include waterfalls, beaches, and a volcano. I've read about neutral density filters and got a set for my camera. But I'm sure there's a ...
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How many filters can you stack?

The rental store only has 16X (4-stop) ND Filters, and I'd ideally like to get at least 8-10 stops of filtration. How many filters can I stack on top of one another before the image starts to ...
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ND filters set Recommendation for Lee/Cokin Z-Pro Holder

I currently own the Cokin Z-Pro filter holder (and 77mm adapter) and a Singh Ray Grad Reverse ND filter (100x150mm). The big disadvantage of the Cokin holder is that I cannot use the first slot with ...
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Does using multiple filters reduce the image quality more than just one filter? [duplicate]

Context With regards to filters, I notice that Neutral Density Filters can go from 1-10 stops and sometimes even more. For larger square/rectangle filters, some of the holders can hold three while ...
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How do I chose a vari-ND fader filter without color cast?

I would like to buy a vari-ND fader. I have maximum $70 for it so i can't buy the high end faders. I try to get every information about: Polariod 67MM Neutral Density Variable Fader Nature 67mm ...
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Why am I getting dark spots with my Singh-Ray 77mm vari-ND filter?

I've been using a Singh-Ray vari-ND with my Panasonic GH1, and I'm seeing obvious dark spots in the image. On a lower setting the left and right side of the image have dark lines and when I go to a ...
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Is it normal for autofocus to struggle when using a variable ND Filter?

I recently bought a Marumi variable ND filter and I've been testing it on my 24 - 105mm F4 and 70 - 200mm F2.8 Canon lenses. It seems that my lenses have a hard time focusing when the ND filter is ...
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Any recommendations for square/rectangle filter starter kit?

Context I've been using circular polarizes and related filters for my pictures using the screw in system. I've used the step up filter ring to fit larger filters on my smaller thread lens. I'm ...