These are the first of many little fast photography and Film Making tips I have used over the years in my business and I like to say my passion.
In these espresso tips I hope you will make use of and feel free to add your own.
Espresso Camera Tip 1.
Using an ND filter or a variable ND filter on your exterior shots will give you greater control over many aspects of your exposure and amount of light hitting the sensor or film.
What is an ND filter?
ND filters are a way for your camera to control the amount of light entering the lens uniformly across the colour spectrum. It should be part of every photographer and filmmakers lens arsenal because it can allow
for greater exposure times in bright sunlight while controlling the aperture.
Why use a variable ND filter then!
I wouldn’t go anywhere now without my variable ND filter for my Canon DSLR. A variable ND as the suggests controls the different stops or darkness of the sunglasses and
is used regularly in my exterior filmmaking, such as the Salon Prive Aston Martin film I shot last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8yamZVZGnY
Instead of having different ND filters for my photography and filmmaking I use a variable ND to control different lighting conditions out in the field and I have used it to
great effect on my still car photography before. So, an ND filter or Variable ND should be a part of your lens kit that never leaves the case. I use a variable simply for ease of use and why have many ND filters in the
kit ready to lose when one can be enough.
Below are examples on control of the DOF with and without the ND filter attached.
No ND Filter
With ND Filter
Take note of the Shallow DOF or depth of field in picture 2 (with ND Filter), this I will cover in a later Espresso post.
I can’t afford an ND filter!
Can you afford not to? Yes they are expensive and many would have you fork out for a £200 filter and there probably are different technical differences in how each one reacts.
If you are new to digital photography/Filmmaking and have visit my blog site, firstly thanks for taking the time to read my blog and secondly you can purchase lower priced Variable ND filters from as little as
£18.00 upwards. Buy one and experiment.