Small Aperture vs ND Filter for Slow Shutter Speed ?

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Small Aperture vs ND Filter for Slow Shutter Speed ?
May 25, 2011

For achieving slow shutter speed (e.g, for waterfall shots) in bright day, do you use:

1. Small aperture (higher F-stops), e.g, f/16, f/22, f/32, etc ? or
2. Neutral density filter and lower F-stops, e.g., f/8, f/11

Is there any pros or cons? Sometimes, we may need both, but if there is a choice, which one is preferable?

Small aperture degrades the image (lowers the resolution) due to diffraction. Any such degradation associated with using ND filter?

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