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When you need ND filters?

Today we are talking about ND filters or neutral density filters, there is clearly a lot of confusion as to what these are for and why you would use them.

So we’re going to try and clear some of that lien has been rolling up and down the beach for your benefit or something like that. So, let’s crack on and talk about ND filters.

So after that suitably rigorous introduction, let’s talk about why and when you would use ND filters.

I’m sure you’ve seen them all before you probably bought them already. For your camera. These are standard ones that they sent us and we use this video you can buy the maverick or event, and they do the job. very admirably so thank you Mark for sending us those questions whoever why and when would you use them. Now let’s clear one thing up from the stock and ND filter serves one purpose only. It allows you to set the correct shutter speed, that gives you the appropriate motion Blur.

We have three levers to pull on the camera to change the aperture you can change. We can change the shutter speed. Now let’s just stick purely with our aperture unless we want a phantom four Pro.

Our aperture is fixed, we can’t touch that it’s actually fixed wide open. I’m not sure what it is exactly but it’s fixed blade open as the hole in the center of the camera essentially that lets all the latest. It’s open, lots of latest flooding it can’t touch him so badly, we cannot cool.

Let’s talk about ISO. So, the ISO sensitivity of the sensor to light. And when you crank it increases noise in the image so we want the ISO left as low as possible. Ideally 100. So in other words, you can’t touch it.

So when we have one more lever to pull when it comes to controlling the exposure shutter speed that convention dictates that if you want the correct amount of motion blur in your shot you have to adhere to the 180 degree rule, which says that if you’re shooting at let’s say 25, frames per second, you double or inverted commas. The frame rate to give you the correct shutter speed so 25 frames per second, you need a 150 shutter. So you’re filling in 50 frames per second, you need a one 100 shutter. Number is 1/100 of a second. Select the time that the shutter stays open perfectly with the image, of which there are 25 per second. Keeping up.

Now, you’ve probably realized that as soon as you go out on a bright sunny day, there’s no chance in hell that you’re going to be able to have a 1/50 of a second shutter because there’s so much light coming in, when you’re at 150. You have to crank that shutter all the way up to 1/1000 or 1/2000, or whatever it is, and this is a problem because this doesn’t allow us to achieve the correct amount of motion blur as we saw in those previous examples.
Hence, we need ND filters. So now that we’re all experts on shutter speed motion blur the interplay between the two and why you need ND filters to achieve all of that. Let’s step further and see when we would use an ND filter.

You may say well I should use an ND filter, all the time because I always want the correct motion blur. And in that respect, you’d be correct. When we film with these ground cameras with the Panasonic GT. Do we always use an ND filter we always fill in with the production. Because we want to professional results. This is what we do after all.

Now, when it comes to drone footage, I would say, Things are slightly different, including the title we’re talking about, Washington black, and I’m sitting here in front of the camera there’s motion and moving my head and moving. When you’re 300 feet in the air in the landscape with nothing and no movement in short, all you’re doing is flying forward quite slowly slow motion in the shot, making a difference where those blurry frames that are being taken. There’s no motion doesn’t make any difference whether your shutter is one 1000, or 150, there has to be said in that respect. Who cares. So let’s say you’re pressed for time, you really need to catch a nice glimpse of sunlight that’s coming down the valley, you don’t have time to faff around and put an ND filter on you and just stick the thing in the air and get you know in that situation, if there’s no motion.

You don’t need to bother to filter. And this is where understanding the principles of videography really come into play because there are practicalities to help you may stick the drone up and you’ve got the wrong ND filter on and you put the foreign thing back down and take it off. You didn’t realize that perfectly acceptable, with the rolling shutter. That’s the first thing you need to understand. The second thing is well these filters like these landmark ones. They come in a intervals of n d four, eight, and 16. Now what you need to do an N D. to get exactly the shutter speed is no handicap. Things you only find that out probably by the time you’ve got it scanned again that’s more waste of time faffing around with ND filters.

So, our recommendation to you would be using ND filter. When you know there is going to be motion in the screening pass you know it’s going to be, you know, it’s going to be whatever animals running. There’s motion in the shorter line close to the ground, and you’re traveling fast and you’re seeing the ground rolling underneath the camera. There’s motion in the shot you want the correct shutter speed. Okay, so hopefully some of that made sense. Let’s just wrap up. We love ND filters to give you the correct amount of money.

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