Neutral Density Filter Time Reference Chart for Long Exposure Photography

Neutral Density Filter Time Reference Chart for Long Exposure Photography

If you just have or just started using Neutral Density filter, one thing that must know is the “how long”. How long time is needed to have the correct exposure. But rather than count it manually, its better to use a reference chart. Here for easy and fast use of any neutral density filter, I’ll show Neutral Density Filter time reference chart for long exposure photography.

Before I show you the chart, I’m gonna tell you how to read it. Since it kinda hard to understand if you never use an ND filter before. So before you attach your ND filter, you should know what kind is it. It depend on the number it could be ND2, ND4, ND6, ND8. The higher the number the darker it will get. And for different brand, there will be different naming of the filter. But basically the function is the same.

Also read: 5 Step on using Neutral Density Filter

Neutral Density Filter Time Reference Chart

1-stop ND to 5-stop ND

Shutter Speed

1-stop

2-stop

3-stop

4-stop

5-stop

1/8000 1/4000 1/2000 1/1000 1/500 1/250
1/6400 1/3200 1/1600 1/800 1/400 1/200
1/5000 1/2500 1/1250 1/640 1/320 1/160
1/4000 1/2000 1/1000 1/500 1/250 1/125
1/3200 1/1600 1/800 1/400 1/200 1/100
1/2500 1/1250 1/640 1/320 1/160 1/80
1/2000 1/1000 1/500 1/250 1/125 1/60
1/1600 1/800 1/400 1/200 1/100 1/50
1/1250 1/640 1/320 1/160 1/80 1/40
1/1000 1/500 1/250 1/125 1/60 1/30
1/800 1/400 1/200 1/100 1/50 1/25
1/640 1/320 1/160 1/80 1/40 1/20
1/500 1/250 1/125 1/60 1/30 1/15
1/400 1/200 1/100 1/50 1/25 1/13
1/320 1/160 1/80 1/40 1/20 1/10
1/250 1/125 1/60 1/30 1/15 1/8
1/200 1/100 1/50 1/25 1/13 1/6
1/160 1/80 1/40 1/20 1/10 1/5
1/125 1/60 1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4
1/100 1/50 1/25 1/13 1/6 0.3
1/80 1/40 1/20 1/10 1/5 0.4
1/60 1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4 0.5
1/50 1/25 1/13 1/6 0.3 0.6
1/40 1/20 1/10 1/5 0.4 0.8
1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4 0.5 1
1/25 1/13 1/6 0.3 0.6 1.3
1/20 1/10 1/5 0.4 0.8 1.6
1/15 1/8 1/4 0.5 1 2
1/13 1/6 0.3 0.6 1.3 2.5
1/10 1/5 0.4 0.8 1.6 3.2
1/8 1/4 0.5 1 2 4
1/6 0.3 0.6 1.3 2.5 5
1/5 0.4 0.8 1.6 3.2 6
1/4 0.5 1 2 4 8
0.3 0.6 1.3 2.5 5 10
0.4 0.8 1.6 3.2 6 13
0.5 1 2 4 8 15
0.6 1.3 2.5 5 10 20
0.8 1.6 3.2 6 13 25
1 2 4 8 15 30
1.3 2.5 5 10 20 42
1.6 3.2 6 13 25 51
2 4 8 15 30 1m 4s
2.5 5 10 20 40 1m 20s
3.2 6 13 25 51 1m 42s
4 8 15 30 1m 4s 2m 8s
5 10 20 40 1m 20s 2m 40s
6 13 25 48 1m 36s 3m 12s
8 15 30 1m 4s 2m 8s 4m 16s
10 20 40 1m 20s 2m 40s 5m 20s
13 25 52 1m 44s 3m 28s 6m 56s
15 30 1m 2m 4m 8m
20 40 1m 20s 2m 40s 5m 20s 10m 40s
25 50 1m 40s 3m 20s 6m 40s 13m 20s
30 1m 2m 4m 8m 16m

Shutter Speed

1-stop

2-stop

3-stop

4-stop

5-stop

6-stop ND to 10-stop ND

Shutter Speed

6-stop

7-stop

8-stop

9-stop

10-stop

1/8000 1/125 1/60 1/30 1/15 1/8
1/6400 1/100 1/50 1/25 1/13 1/6
1/5000 1/80 1/40 1/20 1/10 1/5
1/4000 1/60 1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4
1/3200 1/50 1/25 1/13 1/6 0.3
1/2500 1/40 1/20 1/10 1/5 0.4
1/2000 1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4 0.5
1/1600 1/25 1/13 1/6 0.3 0.6
1/1250 1/20 1/10 1/5 0.4 0.8
1/1000 1/15 1/8 1/4 0.5 1
1/800 1/13 1/6 0.3 0.6 1.3
1/640 1/10 1/5 0.4 0.8 1.6
1/500 1/8 1/4 0.5 1 2
1/400 1/6 0.3 0.6 1.3 2.5
1/320 1/5 0.4 0.8 1.6 3.2
1/250 1/4 0.5 1 2 4
1/200 0.3 0.6 1.3 2.5 5
1/160 0.4 0.8 1.6 3.2 6
1/125 0.5 1 2 4 8
1/100 0.6 1.3 2.5 5 10
1/80 0.8 1.6 3.2 6 13
1/60 1 2 4 8 15
1/50 1.3 2.5 5 10 20
1/40 1.6 3.2 6 13 25
1/30 2 4 8 15 30
1/25 2.5 5 10 20 41
1/20 3.2 6 13 25 51
1/15 4 8 15 30 1m 8s
1/13 5 10 20 39 1m 19s
1/10 6 13 25 51 1m 42s
1/8 8 15 30 1m 4s 2m 8s
1/6 10 20 43 1m 25s 2m 51s
1/5 13 25 51 1m 42s 3m 25s
1/4 15 30 1m 4s 2m 8s 4m 16s
0.3 20 38 1m 17s 1m 34s 5m 7s
0.4 25 51 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s
0.5 30 1m 4s 2m 8s 4m 16s 8m 32s
0.6 38 1m 17s 1m 34s 5m 7s 10m 14s
0.8 51 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s
1s 1m 4s 2m 8s 4m 16s 8m 32s 17m 4s
1.3s 1m 23s 2m 46s 5m 32s 11m 6s 22m 11s
1.6s 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s 27m 18s
2s 2m 8s 4m 16s 8m 32s 17m 4s 34m 8s
2.5s 2m 40s 5m 20s 10m 40s 21m 20s 42m 40s
3.2s 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s 27m 18s 54m 37s
4s 4m 16s 8m 32s 17m 4s 34m 8s 1h 8m 16s
5s 5m 20s 10m 40s 21m 20s 42m 40s 1h 25m 20s
6s 6m 22s 12m 48s 25m 36s 51m 12s 1h 42m 24s
8s 8m 32s 17m 4s 34m 8s 1h 8m 16s 2h 16m 32s
10s 10m 40s 21m 20s 42m 40s 1h 25m 20s 2h 50m 40s
13s 13m 52s 27m 44s 55m 28s 1h 50m 56s 3h 41m 52s
15s 16m 32m 1h 4m 2h 8m 4h 16m
20s 21m 20s 42m 40s 1h 25m 20s 2h 50m 40s 5h 41m 20s
25s 26m 40s 53m 20s 1h 46m 40s 3h 33m 20s 7h 6m 20s
30s 32m 1h 4m 2h 8m 4h 16m 8h 32m

Shutter Speed

6-stop

7-stop

8-stop

9-stop

10-stop

11-stop ND to 16-stop ND

Shutter Speed

11-stop

12-stop

13-stop

14-stop

15-stop

16-stop

1/8000 1/4 0.5 1 2 4 8
1/6400 0.3 0.6 1.3 2.5 5 10
1/5000 0.4 0.8 1.6 3.2 6 13
1/4000 0.5 1 2 4 8 15
1/3200 0.6 1.3 2.5 5 10 20
1/2500 0.8 1.6 3.2 6 13 25
1/2000 1 2 4 8 15 30
1/1600 1.3 2.5 5 10 20 41
1/1250 1.6 3.2 6 13 25 52
1/1000 2 4 8 15 30 1m 6s
1/800 2.5 5 10 20 41 1m 22s
1/640 3.2 6 13 25 51 1m 42s
1/500 4 8 15 30 1m 6s 2m 11s
1/400 5 10 20 41 1m 22s 2m 44s
1/320 6 13 25 51 1m 42s 3m 25s
1/250 8 15 30 1m 6s 2m 11s 4m 22s
1/200 10 20 41 1m 22s 2m 44s 5m 28s
1/160 13 25 51 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s
1/125 15 30 1m 6s 2m 11s 4m 22s 8m 44s
1/100 20 41 1m 22s 2m 44s 5m 28s 10m 55s
1/80 25 51 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s
1/60 30 1m 8s 2m 17s 4m 33s 9m 6s 18m 12s
1/50 41 1m 22s 2m 44s 5m 28s 10m 55s 21m 51s
1/40 51 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s 27m 18s
1/30 1m 8s 2m 17s 4m 33s 9m 6s 18m 12s 36m 25s
1/25 1m 22s 2m 44s 5m 28s 10m 55s 21m 51s 43m 41s
1/20 1m 42s 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s 27m 18s 54m 37s
1/15 2m 17s 4m 33s 9m 6s 18m 12s 36m 25s 1h 12m 49s
1/13 2m 38s 5m 15s 10m 30s 21m 42m 1s 1h 24m 1s
1/10 3m 25s 6m 50s 13m 39s 27m 18s 54m 37s 1h 49m 14s
1/8 4m 16s 8m 32s 17m 4s 34m 8s 1h 8m 16s 2h 16m 32s
1/6 5m 41s 11m 23s 22m 45s 45m 31s 1h 31m 1s 3h 2m 3s
1/5 6m 50s 13m 39s 27m 18s 54m 37s 1h 49m 14s 3h 38m 27s
1/4 8m 32s 17m 4s 34m 8s 1h 8m 16s 2h 16m 32s 4h 33m 4s
0.3 10m 14s 20m 29s 40m 58s 1h 21m 55s 2h 43m 50s 5h 27m 41s
0.4 13m 39s 27m 18s 54m 37s 1h 49m 14s 3h 38m 27s 7h 16m 54s
0.5 17m 4s 34m 8s 1h 8m 16s 2h 16m 32s 4h 33m 4s 9h 6m 8s
0.6 20m 29s 40m 58s 1h 21m 55s 2h 43m 50s 5h 27m 41s 10h 55m 22s
0.8 27m 18s 54m 37s 1h 49m 14s 3h 38m 27s 7h 16m 54s 14h 33m 49s
1s 34m 8s 1h 8m 16s 2h 16m 32s 4h 33m 4s 9h 6m 8s 18h 12m 16s
1.3s 44m 22s 1h 28m 45s 2h 57m 30s 5h 54m 59s 11h 49m 58s 23h 39m 57s
1.6s 54m 37s 1h 49m 14s 3h 38m 27s 7h 16m 54s 14h 33m 49s 29h 7m 38s
2s 1h 8m 16s 2h 16m 32s 4h 33m 4s 9h 6m 8s 18h 12m 16s 36h 24m 32s
2.5s 1h 25m 20s 2h 50m 40s 5h 41m 20s 11h 22m 40s 22h 45m 20s 45h 30m 40s
3.2s 1h 49m 14s 3h 38m 27s 7h 16m 54s 14h 33m 49s 29h 7m 38s 58h 15m 16s
4s 2h 16m 32s 4h 33m 4s 9h 6m 8s 18h 12m 16s 36h 24m 32s 72h 49m 4s
5s 2h 50m 40s 5h 41m 20s 11h 22m 40s 22h 45m 20s 45h 30m 40s 91h 1m 20s
6s 3h 24m 48s 6h 49m 36s 13h 39m 12s 27h 18m 24s 54h 36m 48s 109h 13m 36s
8s 4h 33m 4s 9h 6m 8s 18h 12m 16s 36h 24m 32s 72h 49m 4s 145h 38m 8s
10s 5h 41m 20s 11h 22m 40s 22h 45m 20s 45h 30m 40s 91h 1m 20s 182h 2m 40s
13s 7h 23m 44s 14h 47m 28s 29h 34m 56s 59h 9m 52s 118h 19m 44s 236h 39m 28s
15s 8h 32m 17h 4m 34h 8m 68h 16m 136h 32m 273h 4m
20s 11h 22m 40s 22h 45m 20s 45h 30m 40s 91h 1m 20s 182h 2m 40s 364h 5m 20s
25s 14h 13m 20s 28h 26m 40s 56h 53m 20s 113h 46m 40s 227h 33m 20s 455h 6m 40s
30s 17h 4m 34h 8m 68h 16m 136h 32m 273h 4m 546h 8m

Shutter Speed

11-stop

12-stop

13-stop

14-stop

15-stop

16-stop

2 thoughts on “Neutral Density Filter Time Reference Chart for Long Exposure Photography

  1. You have a great understanding and talent when it comes to the use of ND filters.
    Getting it right can be a problem initially but worth the trial and effort.

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