For those of you who don’t know SOOC stands for Straight Out Of Camera. In other words, no adjustments in Lightroom or Photoshop, other than cropping and straightening. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a creative photograph. There’s all sorts of things you can do and for my first photograph I used a 10 stop Neutral Density Filter.
Neutral density filters are used to reduce the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor which means you can get longer exposures compared to not using an ND Filter. The 10 stop ND filter reduces the light reaching the camera’s sensor by 1000 times and as you can see it is almost black
Using this filter I was able to achieve an exposure time of 98 seconds, that’s right 98 seconds. The effect of using this filter is to smooth out the wave action. The photograph below was taken immediately after the long exposure but this time without the ND filter. You can clearly see the waves, they’re not particularly strong but the ND Filter has done a good job, giving the image above a more creative dreamlike look and yet it is still SOOC.
I hope you enjoyed this little explanation of the 10 stop ND filter. If you are considering experimenting with one I would suggest you buy one of the cheaper alternatives. Yes I know the results won’t be the same as some of the more well-known and expensive brands but for experimenting why pay a fortune out for something you may use a few times and decide it’s not for you.
Search the web and you will find lots of recommendations for 10 Stop ND Filters, I read lots of articles before buying one from SRB Photographic. Although it’s probably one of the cheapest ones to buy, in tests Amateur Photographer scored it 4 out of 5, the same as the more expensive LEE and B+W offerings.