Tutorials | Shutter speed compensation for a 10 stop ND filter
Before you carry on, new for 2014
I've just created a new version of this page where you can enter the filter strength and generate a chart for any strength of filter, not just a 10-stop.
This isn't a tutorial as such, it's simply a table showing shutter speeds with and without a 10 stop filter (e.g. the B+W 110 ND or Lee Big Stopper).
It's only to save you the hassle of arithmetic in the field! ;)
Word of warning. Due to manufacturing differences, not all 10 stop filters are created equal. Some will be slightly stronger than others. I highly recommend you test first and make sure to add or remove some time to compensate for your filters variance in strength. If you haven't met before, make friends with your histogram.
Feel free to print this and keep it in your bag.
If it's a bit too big then I've created some small PSD & PDF files which you can use to print a business card sized version. You can download either below.
Shutter Speed Chart - PSD Version (ShutterSpeedCard.rar / 0.2MB / 1226 downloads)
Shutter Speed Chart - PDF Version (ShutterSpeedChart(A4).pdf / 0.9MB / 1793 downloads)
Good luck, have fun.
10 Stop Filter Sample Images
Here are some sample images show with a B+W 110 ND or Lee Big Stopper: -