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12-30-2011, 11:53 AM   #16
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I use f8 and ISO 100, but that's with a K7. f8 & ISO 200 is a great starting point. If your shutter speed is getting as slow as somewhere near the recipricol of the focal length then a tripod or upping the ISO is necessary unless you have very, very steady hands. A tripod and a set of ND filters are my favourite partners in crime as I like slow shutter speed effects - blurry water and the like.

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What are ND filters? I have a tripod at the moment, just haven't used it yet. The fountains near me have all been turned off due to water restrictions unfortunately. I have a polarizer filter for both of my lenses, are those useful?
12-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #18
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polirizers are about the most usefull lenses there are.
ND filters are Neutral Density. what they do is they let less light into your lens, therefore you have to go lower in shutterspeed, or open more your aperture. They come handy during the day, when you woud like to blur something but the light is too intense to get a slow shutterspeed. put on a ND filter, and you can go down.
which are alos very use full are Gradual filters. They work the same as ND filters, but they only block the light in a part off the photo. Letīs say you have a nice landscape, but the light is very bright, if you would take a normal shot, either your foreground is very dark, and the sky is ok, or the forground is ok and the sky is blown out white. What you would do is take a spot metering from the foreground, lock that in memory. place a gradual filter on your lens so that the sky part get ess light. resulting ina good foreground and good sky, both with enough detail
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Oh ok great thanks! I'm having trouble attaching my polarizer to my lens.. I think it's a screw-on, but it won't screw on evenly. 1 side of the filter is left a little bit further off of the lens than the other side is.

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