Compose Photo 3
For our third photo, we will adjust our neutral density filter so the filter is darkened at the dark end of the stops as shown in this image.
Composing Photo 3
To compose your photo; keep the neutral density filter dial at the darkest stop;
Use ; SCENE MODE - landscape mode, no flash, no zoom.
Put or keep the white balance at AUTO mode;
There should not be any glare on the filter at this stop.
To take the shot; press your shutter halfway to focus the shot; then press the shutter button to capture the shot.
Photo 3 has more of the misty smooth water look; however, our foliage to the side and background has diminished somewhat, not quite as green as our first two
photos. It is what we call in photography - over exposed. Sometimes an entire photo can be over exposed or as in this photo only a section of the photo is over exposed.
To add more green, and make the foliage in Photo 3 look more like the first two shots; we will need to adjust our exposure bias graph(exposure values), then take the photo again.
Composing Photo 4
Adjusting the Exposure +_ Value
This is easy to do.
The exposure is something you can adjust for just about any photo you shoot, and almost all cameras allow them to be adjusted manually. The exposure bias has increments. of 3 or 4, to either lighten your exposure or darken
your exposure. If it is at 0 means it is neutral or even exposure; and all camera modes have it at 0, unless you have changed it yourself. To find it, look for +- symbols next to your menu, flash, or self timer buttons, on your camera.
So we will use less exposure, meaning we want to minus our exposure by a number of stops,(increments). Move the exposure to the - negative. Three increments to the negative side is good.
Prepare your neutral density filter as you did for photo 3.
Shoot the photo.
Photo 4 now shows the foliage as more green and overall, the misty smooth water is very similar to photo 3, but looks smoother.
Bringing Along Your Tripod
In most camera shots like this, a tripod is recommended because it will prevent blur and keep your image sharp. Although I didn`t have to walk far to get to the waters edge, the rocks and terrain were a tad challenging, so i
didn`t bring along the tripod, although having one would make shooting this photo easier because I would only have to hold the neutral density filter.
It you don`t use the tripod, make sure to enable your camera built in image stabilizer. Most modern day point and shoot cameras have the image stabalizer feature.
And, you can also hold your breath, take the shot, then breathe. This is known to help steady the shot.