Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying neutral density filters, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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I'm here in North Beach in San Francisco.…I'm standing here in front of the Transamerica building, a very famous iconic San Francisco landmark.…What you may not be as familiar with is the original Transamerica Corporate offices.…That's this green copper building that's right in front of me.…Beautiful building, it was the Transamerica head office for a long time.…And then Francis Ford Coppola bought it and started to use it as his corporate office…for his Zoetrope Studios, then he got into making food and wine, and that's what this…cafe is here at the bottom. So I want to get a shot of both of these.…
So I've lined up my camera, I've taken a picture, and this is what I get.…I like it except for the cars.…If the traffic has stopped, there are just a bunch of cars in front of the cafe.…I can't really see it.…If the traffic is moving then there is a car right in front of my camera.…It's a really dynamic scene here, and I'd like to get more of a sense of the traffic…moving and not have it blocking the building so much, and I can do that with Neutral Density filters.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.