6 Must-have Accessories for Landscape Photography
Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres of photography. There are some essential tools that should be found in every landscape photographer's bag.
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Many beginners won’t add a tripod to their camera gear list because it is heavy. Since long shutter speed and small apertures are normally applied in landscape photography, a tripod can be a great helper.
A tripod can help you to capture a better image that you are unable to shoot sharply with handheld. For example the sunrise, sunset, the stars, the tracks, the night scene or some insufficient light situation. With a tripod, you can shoot a sharp photo even with slow shutter speed and low ISO. Applying a black card or GND filter can yield a strong visually pleasing image. Keep noticing the height and weight of the tripod when choosing.
CPL filter is one of the must-have filters in landscape photographers. The main function of it is to eliminate the refection of the water surface or the mirror. Another benefit of the CPL filter is that it enhances the image saturation, thus leading the sky bluer and the grass greener.
GND filter is an optically correct piece of resin or glass with a gradient from dark to light. GND filter can be divided into the soft edge, hard edge, reverse GND and twilight, etc. Each type with different functions but it is an essential tool to balance the light contrast.
ND filters can block the amount of light hitting your camera sensor. On the bright sunny day, a long exposure to achieve a misty sea look is simply impossible without an ND filter. ND filters can either be square or rectangular. I prefer the round one because I don’t need to take the filter holder and I don’t need to worry about the light leaking.
Normally variable ND filter is enough for the beginner but the quality of the filter is a part we need to keep eyes one.
The black card is a cheap and useful tool. It is used when there is a large exposure difference in a photograph. For example, when your photo includes sky and ground, the sky will be easily over-exposed to preserve the details of the ground. In this case, we can use the Black Card to cover the sky and balance the exposure. The black card is also needed when shooting long exposure photos. When you are taking photos of sunrise, sunset or night scene.