Working with a Neutral Density Filter in Manual Mode

If you decide to attach a dark neutral density filter to your lens, you can block bright sunlight and allow for a long exposure and/or a wider aperture. But a high level of density, say 8 or 10 stops, means the filter is too dark to see through with the eye. In this case, you must arrange the composition, focus, and get a starting point for the exposure before you apply the filter.

30 seconds, f/18, ISO 100, variable neutral density filter

Once the filter is in place, you need to adjust the shutter speed for a longer amount of time in order for enough light to pass through the dark filter. Turning on Live View and enabling the Histogram display in this view help you manually adjust the shutter speed for the exposure and amount of blur you fancy.

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