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Adjusting settings based on ND filter?

 
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Apr 03, 2018 18:29 |  #1

I want to use a variable ND filter to block some light so I can shoot wide open when there is a lot of natural light.

After using a light meter and getting a reading for a good exposure, how do you adjust your settings based on using the ND filter?

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Apr 04, 2018 03:03 |  #2

If the ND filter is variable then the adjustment reasonably must also be variable.
Use the camera's meter, take a picture, check the histogram and adjust accordingly. Re-shoot until happy. That must be the simplest way to success in this case.


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Apr 04, 2018 06:16 |  #3

I avoided variable ND filters. I use 'fixed' density 2-, 3-, and 4-stop NDs. NO adjusting necessary; the camera meters appropriately with them in place.




  
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Apr 04, 2018 07:13 |  #4

both of the above answers are correct. I also used fixed ND's so I can count stops in the field

only setting you should be concerned about is if the shutter speed. It needs to be fast enough or SLOW to support the aperture you want. Most of us use ND's for effect like a waterfall blur for water movement. Then we want it to be very slow. Something like a 1-2 second exposure.

Other times, you need to kill some ambient so that you can use a flash in non HSS mode and you need a shutter at 1/200 ( gate speed )

so there is no 100% correct answer. just depends on what you are trying to achieve based on the ambient light you are in

ND's are tools


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