Get Longer Exposures With ND Filters

ND filters are neutral-gray filters that can come in handy for producing a variety of special effects and for taking photos that otherwise would be out of reach.

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AuthorVit Kovalcik

I’ve been a freelancer since early 2012; photography is my living. I acquired my photography experience, both inside and outside the studio, during the previous years—when I was working all day and taking pictures every evening and weekend. I don’t have just one clearly defined topic; I like photographing people, but also cityscapes and landscapes.

Comments (8)

  1. Thank you!! This is a great article, I only used my ND filters for bright sunlights but I had not heard of the long exposure scenario before.

    1. Happy you like it! :)

  2. Very well written and very informative. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your nice comment, Helen.

  3. Excellent article–I like that you not only explained how to get the results, but how the process works as well. I just bought two polarizing filters and am anxious to try this. Thank you!

    1. We’re happy to hear that and hope that your pictures come up great!

  4. “Darken? But why? . . . The main reason – water.” Well, you have just brought out one of my pet hates, in turning water into milk. The filtered picture is a ghastly vision, and is unnatural. It is not what I see as falling water, with my 20/20, as it were.

    On the other hand, since I found the rest of the article interesting and informative, thank you, Zoner.



    1. Hello Bonner, thanks for your comment. There are many reasons for the darkening. You can use the ND filter any time, you want to blur the motion, not only the water but also the sky or people’s motion:

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