How To Use A Big Stopper (10 stop ND filter) for Landscape Photography

The 10 stop Neutral Density filter or also known as the Big Stopper is one of those filters that gives a love or hate final image. Becoming ever more popular over the last 8 or 9 years you’d be hard pushed to find a landscape photographer that hasn’t used one.

This extremely dense filter will elongate the final exposure from seconds into minutes giving a surreal look to the resulting photograph. Blurred water and misty seas along with streaky clouds are the order of the day.

My latest video vlog demonstrates some of the scenarios where you can use it as well as how to calculate the correct exposure time.

The tutorial builds on the different scenarios so that you can comfortably go out in the landscape with your 10 stop filter and create a new and different type of image. An image that can’t be replicated with the likes of Photoshop or Lightroom.

Gear used includes

Canon 6D
Canon 17-40mm F4 L
Canon 28-70mm F2.8 L
Lee Filters IRND 10 stop Neutral Density Filter
Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod
Manfrotto 410 geared head



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