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Neutral density filters are darkened filters that are placed in front of the lens, requiring a slower shutter speed for the same amount of light to reach the sensor. There are two systems available: screw-in and drop-in or square filters. The filters come in different strengths (3-stop, 6-stop, 10-stop, etc.) which describe how much you need to lengthen the exposure time to maintain a well-exposed image. These filters require you to lengthen the exposure time for the same amount of light to reach the camera’s sensor in order to get a well-exposed image. The filters are darkened and their strength dictates how much you need to slow down the shutter speed. Compared to doing this without filters, using an natural density filter allows you to use a much longer exposure time while still maintaining optimal quality (the sharpest aperture of your lens).



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