/ Graduated ND filter.
I am interested in purchasing a neutral density filter, of the graduated type.
I was just wondering what people use, circular or rectangle ones. What strengths and if it has a hard or soft gradient.
Also where you got them from, they all seem to be very expensive
HiTech filters are good and cheaper than Lee etc.
Would star with 0.6 hard, 0.6 soft and 0.9 hard
That said, I still bought the lee filter with wide angle lens adapter as it is by far the best filter holder.
Post-process. I use Adobe Lightroom 3. Once I get to a decent internet connection, might try 4.0
I've just purchased a set of Kood ND grad filters (square type) you can use cokin ones with them as well, they're even on offer now at £44 including screw in adapter from premier ink and photographic. Pretty happy with them.
Surely that won't recover 'lost' info due to exposure differences between the darker and lighter areas? Or do you mean merge two separate files, getting the best exposure from both for the respective areas?
Yes, you are right but I am generally not too worried about losing detail in the sky, so I'd rather just drag down the grad filter option in lightroom than playing around with a grad filter in the 'field' . and yes as backup, I may do some bracketing and play around with the pics later.
Each to their own. Most of my pics are taken with gloves on, so I dont want to play too much with filters. i would rather just keep on my circ-polarizer.
I see so many photos where the use of a graduated filter is so, so obvious - and so, so false. Personally I stick to ungraduated filters, but I'm using them to get a long shutter speed rather than deal with a wide dynamic range in an image.
The square ones have another advantage not listed so far - you can use them with lenses with different size filter threads by using different adapter rings, which are cheap.
There's an interesting discussion on whether they're needed here: https://secure.flickr.com/groups/nikon_d90/discuss/72157615257427607/
Soft grad 0.6 is all you need, and buy the screw in type, they are much easier to use, there is no light leak round the filter causing reflections like you can get with the square type.
Because its the soft grad type you don't need to be accurate where the grad line starts and don't need the ability to move the grad line up and down (the only real selling point of square filters) just make sure the angle of the line is correct by rotating the filter.
Tiffen filters tend to be nice and neutral.
Hope this helps
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