Pro’s Killer kit #01 Hard ND grads

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For sun­rise and sun­set shots, when the sky is al­most al­ways much brighter than the fore­ground, ND grads are es­sen­tial. They have dark glass at the top and clear glass at the bot­tom. A bracket en­ables you to slide them up and down, so you can po­si­tion the dark part over the sky very pre­cisely, and they come in dif­fer­ent strengths, en­abling you to ad­just the bright­ness of the sky as re­quired. They also fea­ture hard or soft tran­si­tions, with the for­mer meant for straight, ‘hard’ hori­zons, and the lat­ter for more un­even hori­zons. In prac­tice, I find the tran­si­tion a lit­tle too grad­ual on soft ND grads, so I tend to pre­fer hard tran­si­tions, and ad­just the po­si­tion­ing as needed.

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