Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Using neutral density filters, part of Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking.
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Brian Liepe: Neutral density filters, commonly referred to as NDs, are just another set of …tools you can use to adjust your exposure. …They are usually used when shooting outdoors. …If it's just too bright to open up your aperture for shallow depth of field, place an ND filter …in front of your lens either by threading one on or by using a matte box that can holds …neutral density filters. …Just as a side note, different lenses have different filter diameters or sizes, so you …can buy a filter that matches your lens.…
Some lenses have a symbol called a ligature that indicates the diameter of your filter size. …The density or the amount of light NDs filter out are usually fixed to one stop increments. …So if you're shooting on set and you have too much light, you put an ND in front of …your lens and it's not quite the amount of reduction you need, you've got to go grab …another one or just adjust your camera settings, which you may not want to do. …So if you're wasting time by swapping out different NDs, you can use something called …
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- Understanding aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
- Using lenses as a tool in storytelling
- Establishing focus for video
- Achieving a shallow depth of field
- Using equipment like clapperboards and matte boxes
- Editing and color correcting footage
- Using cinematography techniques to get beautiful shots
- Avoiding rolling shutter and moiré