Does every photographer really need a neutral density filter? Perhaps you asked yourself that very question when you first read the title of this article.
Not to say that you're doing anything wrong if you don't use such filters, or even that you're infinitely better off if you do. Really, this video from The Art of Photography is simply about maximizing your own capabilities with your camera. Within the realm of photography, the camera itself is simply the device that does the actual recording of light which then becomes an image. Outside of the recording device, whether that is digital or film, any subsequent tool you use to alter or adjust the image is something used purely out of choice. You choose which lens is used, you choose whether or not to use a tripod, you choose what camera settings to use.
Not unlike using a tripod, where you give yourself the ability to stabilize your camera for longer shutter speeds and better control over compositional alignment, a neutral density filter expands the range of camera settings that can be used. Typically, this is put to action in conjunction with the use of a tripod, but doesn't always have to be so. In this video Ted Forbes talks about several types of neutral density filters that can be used in addition to describing several highly effective ways to put them to use. Personally, I love the expanded control I gain over camera settings which in turn allows me to have more artistic control over how the final image looks straight out of the camera. If you've ever wondered how effective neutral density filters can be for either photography, or video, or both then this is a video meant just for you. If you have any other questions or comments about the use of neutral density filters, make sure to comment below and let us know.