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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by fropleyqk, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. fropleyqk

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    Sorry guys I'm really new at this. I'm headed to the beach and just installed a ND16/PL filter. I'll probably play with some other filters too. Should I be messing with camera settings as well? I'm not shooting video, only photos. Thanks.
     
  2. Not A Speck Of Cereal

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    For still photos, take the ND filters off. Use the stock UV filter, or perhaps the non-ND polarizer filter, but not an ND filter Go play, then come back. I'll type in a bit more in the next reply.
     
  3. NotARubicon

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    ND's are generally only for video to slow down the shutter speed.. Unless you have a need to stop down the light for your pictures, take it off..
     
  4. Not A Speck Of Cereal

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    ND filters on a moving device (a drone in the air or a person moving around with a hand-held SLR) is not going to do much more than reduce your shutter speed. Unless you want things blurry on purpose for some reason, take it off.

    For video, you also do not need ND filters. People that use them do it to achieve a cinematic effect. That is, it slows the shutter speed down to add more motion blur to video, which is what film cameras did (more or less). If you're hip to that and you want it, then use the ND filter that will give you a shutter speed that is roughly twice that of the frame rate. For example, if you select a frame rate of 24, then you want a shutter speed of somewhere around 1/50 (24x2=48).

    Even if you are hip to what that does, that doesn't mean that you have to do it. You can shoot without ND filters and get a sharp, crisp video because each frame was taken with a faster shutter speed. Even if you're still shooting at 24fps, this is true. And if you shoot at an even higher FPS, such as 60, you're getting the HFR (High Frame Rate) look.

    So you should do some reading to familiarize yourself with those modes of shooting, decide what you want (which can change from shoot to shoot, depending on what the subject is), then decide what filters to put on.

    Chris

    PS: ND filters are indeed used on hand-held SLR still cameras, but they're typically used while the camera is on a tripod to reduce vibrations. That's a use that not applicable to drone still photography.
     
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  5. NotARubicon

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    ..ND's are also used for video to reduce the "jello effect" from too fast of a shutter speed.. That's the only reason I use them.

    You're probably better off with a polarizing filter which would reduce the glare off the water and help reduce haze.
     
  6. fropleyqk

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    Ahhhhh. Ok. All makes sense. Thanks all
     
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    Does a ND filter (and a shutter speed that is the inverse double of the frame rate) reduce or hide the props from the video? Or the props artifacts when shooting towards the sun?
     
  8. msinger

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    Slowing down the shutter speed usually eliminates prop shadows.
     
  9. NotARubicon

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    Never has for me.
     
  10. fropleyqk

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    So figured a couple things out and read a lot. Here's a quick 5 min attempt with Lightroom and a pic I took today.
     

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    That's a beautiful shot. Good work...


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