Ralph III wrote in post #16678872
I now just use a UV filter when at the beach because of the sand; so wondered if I would be better served in using an ND filter instead? That would allow me to use a slower shutter speed when "outdoors" which would work better with flash, correct?
Would you consider using an ND filter as such or would you still limit it to only certain specific shots?
In full sun at ISO 100, you would ordinarily need to use an aperture of f/11 to obtain a "flash-compatible" shutter speed of 1/250. A three-stop ND would allow you to open the aperture to f/4 while maintaining the same shutter speed, if desired. I'm guessing you're only occasionally shooting in full midday sun, so you may want less than 3 stops of neutral density. A circular polarizer may be a better choice, as it "darkens" the exposure by about 1.5 stops and can cut down on glare, enhance colors, etc. Whether you opt for an ND filter or C.Pol, definitely invest in B+W or a similar quality filter - it's worth it.