Pro’s Killer kit #01 Hard ND grads
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.