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The gradient gray filter can add sci-fi effects to your photos.

After taking a lot of landscape photos, one of my accessories that will always be in my camera bag is the gradient gray filter (GND)! What is the power of this filter on this surface? And why use it? After reading this article, I hope that all of you will consider using one, so that you can take your skills in taking landscape photos one step further!

 

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If there is no gradient gray filter, the flowers in the foreground will be dark after retaining the sky level!

What is a Gradient Gray Filter (GND)?

The gradient gray filter is a round or square film/glass. The surface is coated with a transparent to gray gradient coating. The gray part can block some light from entering the lens. Therefore, Different parts of the photo may have different exposure values .

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(Left) Frame (optional)
(Right) Gradient filter

With a gradient grey filter, details of the sky and land are also preserved.

With a gradient grey filter, details of the sky and land are also preserved.

When should I use a gradient gray filter?

Gradient gray is often used in the following situations:

  • Sunrise/sunset
  • Beach/coast
  • Photos of the sky and the ground at the same time during the day.
  • When you want to preserve light details of a photo.

To sum it up, if you see that the ambient light you want to shoot is very different, the photos you take can only show a certain part of the details (only the details of the dark or light positions), then you must consider using Gradient gray filter!

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It can be seen from this figure that if the gradient gray filter is not used (top), the land will be too dark after retaining the sky details. After using the filter (bottom), the light difference is balanced and the image is more detailed!

Tips When Using a Gradient Gray Filter

The gradient gray filter is very easy to use, just put the appropriate filter in front of the lens, and cover the light level with the gray end. The larger the light difference (such as under the strong sun), the stronger the filter Mirror such as ND16, ND4, or 8. Otherwise the photo will look like it has the “HDR” effect, or half of the photo is too dark. In short, remember that the photo taken should feel natural, in order to effectively use the gradient gray filter.

Put a gradient gray filter of ND4 and ND8 into your backpack today, and see the difference next time you shoot!

With a gradient gray filter + slow shutter, you can shoot the clouds of the sky and the flowing water of silk!

With a gradient gray filter + slow shutter, you can shoot the clouds of the sky and the flowing water of silk!

 

Author: Alex Tam