SK8 – alternative use of ND filter
Shoot with Bethan Black on Southsea Beach few weeks ago. We wanted to do some alternative shoots, so we brought along a beautiful skateboard (courtesy of my brother from another mother Jon Lasenby) and a baseball hat. We’ve been working in harsh sunlight and only used a large reflector (with white side). I have positioned my model so the light was coming from behind her and we’ve bounced some light back on her.
It was a bit tricky working in these conditions, especially since I like to use shallow depth of field. If I were setting my aperture to the ‘usual’ F2.5 or F2.8′ and worked with the lowest ISO settings on my camera (ISO 100), the maximum shutter speed on my camera (max shutter speed on my camera is 1/4000th of a second) wouldn’t be enough to get a correct exposure.
So what are the options?
Shoot with smaller aperture. In my case I could’ve been working with setting my aperture around F8, this would give me the shutter speed of 1/2000th.
Pack the camera bag and go home
Use ND (nuetral density) filters. As our favourite source, Wikipedia says: “In photography and optics, a neutral density filter or ND filter is a filter that reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, giving no changes in hue of color rendition. It can be a colorless (clear) or grey filter.” As I would say: “Use this if you need less light hitting your camera’s sensor”. I admit this is pretty rare occasion if you’re a UK based photographer, but still happens sometimes 🙂
Enough from the words, here are some images from this shoot