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Improve Your Landscape Digital Photography Through Split Neutral Density (ND) Filters

You'll find the sky is a lot brighter than the landscape frequently when taking landscape photographs. This could make it hard to keep detail in the sky with no landscape being too dark, and to keep detail in the landscape with no sky being too glowing.

One remedy to this problem is the split neutral density filter. This is really a filter that may be placed in front of the lens. While the other half is dark, one half of the filter is clear.

Generally, you will put the dim section of the filter over the sky to darken the sky, while the section that is clear is placed over the landscape. After that you can expose correctly for the landscape and do not have to worry about the sky being too glowing.

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Split neutral density filters come in two varieties - hard border and graduated edge. Calibrated edge means that there is a soft transition between the dark and soft sections of the filter. Soft edge or calibrated split neutral density filters are typically preferred for landscape photography because the transition seems more natural than a tough border.

Tough edge split neutral density filters are somewhat more useful when taking a photo with a well defined horizon that forms a solid line. The split line of the filter may subsequently be set along this line. They're especially useful when the sun is on or just above the horizon.

Both hard edge and graduated split neutral density filters can be found in an assortment of strengths: ND0.3 = 1 stop

ND0.6 = 2 stops

ND0.9 = 3 stops

The bigger in difference between the brightness of the landscape and the sky, the stronger the filter you'll want to use.

Although split neutral density filters are available as glass screw-in filters, most photographers prefer a Cokin P or similar 'slot-in' established filter system. This enables the filter to readily rotate and transfer the filter up and down, putting the dim section of the filter exactly where you require it.

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The key advantage of split neutral density filters of equalizing exposure in a photo, over applications processes is that you can see the result when you shoot the photo. In addition, it saves on the work involved with applications based alternatives.

The disadvantage, however, is that split neutral density filters operate best where the horizon is clearly outlined. If you have objects, such as trees in your image, which are both below and above the horizon, you will realize the top of the object will be darkened while the bottom won't. This is the primary issue with split neutral density filters, and in events like these a software alternative to handling the exposure could possibly be preferable.

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