Questions tagged [neutral-density]

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 the photographer greater flexibility to change the aperture, exposure time and/or motion blur of subject in different situations and atmospheric conditions

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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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Cokin Z Pro filter holder causes vignetting at 18 mm on Nikkon 18-35. Any solutions?

My Cokin z pro holder causes vignetting at 18 mm on my Nikon 18-35 mm and the problem is accentuated if I have to screw it on top of a polarizer. Anyone else had this problem or have any solutions? I ...
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What is the difference between cheaper and more expensive ND filters?

Recently been interested in landscape photography and about to go on a trip with plenty of opportunities to get some good shots. I really want to get some nd filters but cant afford to get the more ...
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Which filter would I use for daytime lightning long exposure? [duplicate]

I'm new to the photography scene and although I managed to take a reasonable night time lightning strike on long exposure, during the daytime, I can't seem to get it right (too bright) and a friend ...
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At what focal length can I expect vignetting with Cokin Z-Pro ND filters and a Tokina 11-16mm lens?

I would like to buy ND filters for landscape photography, and after some research I would go for the Cokin ND filters with Z-PRO holder. Since I have a Tokina 11-16mm lens the P holder would introduce ...
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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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Need advice on ND filters [duplicate]

I need to take a 2-minute exposure shot of a landscape scene on a regular sunny day at, let's say, f/4.5. I suppose I'll need to use ND filters for this purpose, but how do I figure out how many ...
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Where can I get cheap neutral density filters that work in the near infra-red?

I'm wondering if I can find a cheaper source of ND filters that work in the near infra-red (out to ~800nm.) We have been using Kodak Wratten Gel filters. (ND 0.70) We originally purchased large ...
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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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Will an ND filter lower flash output more than high speed sync?

I understand that both can allow for bigger apertures to be used in bright daylight but I am a little confused about the pros and cons. Will high speed sync lower your flash output more compared to ...
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How to mount a circular ND filter in front of the ND graduated filter?

Recently I'm into landscape photography and trying to build a convenient and practical setup. I have the Cokin Z-Pro filter holder, Lee ND Grad filters and as solid Hoya ND16 filter. However, to set ...
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Effective filters for daytime landscape photography?

I do landscape photography, mostly shooting at dawn or dusk, but I never shoot during the day, the light is just too harsh. I've got a single polarizer and a few ND grads, but nothing else. What ...
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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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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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What ND filter to use for 5 second exposure hyper lapse in daylight? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100. I just bought some cheap ND Filters from Amazon but of course they sent the ones with the wrong size. The ones I bought were ND 2, 4, and 8. But I don't think those will be ...
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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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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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What is the best option for fitting an ND filter to an 82mm lens?

I recently got a new Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II which requires 82mm filters. I going to shoot some falls and creek with this lens. In order to get the silk-like effect (long-time exposure) I will need ...
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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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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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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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Neutral Density Filter for a 58mm filter diameter

I am planning to get a Neutral Density Filter for one of my lenses (58mm filter lens). But I am new to filters and clueless on the parameters to check for before I could select one. I recently ...
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What are the advantages of leaving an ND filter on a lens at all times?

I was chatting to a friend yesterday who had his Nikon D300 with a constant 2.8 aperture zoom lens (I can't remember the focal length, might have been around 17-55). The curious thing was that he had ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 really ...
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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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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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How to use Hitech Stop 10 ND filter?

Today I have tested my Hitech Pro Stop 10 ND filter for Lee holder. And I am somehow shocked. It was morning 10. Please, can someone help me, how to use it. :) By the way, I have lost the tech ...
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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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Is there any difference between using camera filter and photoshop like software postprocessing?

I can shot using filters such as UV/CPL/FLD or I can get similar effect using software filters in picassa/photoshop etc. Is there special features that can be achieved with post processing?
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How can I take full advantage of a soft step graduated ND filter with a crop sensor?

I have a Singh ray 2 stop Graduated ND with soft step. I find it very difficult when I uses it with my Canon 17-40 f4L lens on my Canon T2i, which is a crop sensory body. Since it is soft step, I am ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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 amount ...
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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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Does an NDX400-equivalent exist for a 95mm filter thread?

I found this beauty at a low price and I would like to shoot the sun. That would require me to use an NDX400 but I can't find it for a 95mm filter screw. Does it even exist?
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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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Can I take pictures of the sun without damaging anything? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions? .. and by that I mean not damaging : my eyesight my camera my lens I imagine a proper ND filter could allow me ...
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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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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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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 ...