How an ND grad­u­ated fil­ter works

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A grad­u­ated fil­ter works by only part of the fil­ter be­ing filled in. One side of the line is clear and the other is the neu­tral den­sity part. To give your­self more op­tions, you can also get soft grads or hard grads. A soft grad is where the tran­si­tion be­tween the fil­ter and clear part are more grad­ual; on a hard grad, the line be­tween the fil­ter and the clear part is less tran­si­tional. You might use a hard grad if you have a

very straight hori­zon or want a dis­tinc­tive line be­tween the sky and the land.

Grad­u­ated fil­ters also come in dif­fer­ent strengths and the sys­tem is de­signed so you can stack them on top of each other if your dark­est fil­ter is not dark enough. If you want to take your landscape pho­tog­ra­phy to the next level, in­vest­ing in an ND grad­u­ated fil­ter sys­tem is a great start.

Move ND grad up and down to line up the tran­si­tion line to the hori­zon

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