Image stacking is a poor alternative to using ND filters

ND filters
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Neutral density filters, also known as ND filters, have been a cornerstone tool in the photographer's kit bag for decades. Used to control exposure, landscape photographers often use an ND filter to create a long exposure when working in brightly lit conditions. 

However, some photographers have recently begun using image stacking techniques in place of an ND filter. This is where several shots have been taken of a scene, which are then combined in post-production. Any motion captured within the vista is blurred together to create a long exposure effect. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!