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Improve Your Landscape Photography Utilizing Split Neutral Density (ND) Filters

Frequently when taking landscape photographs, you will find that the sky is a lot brighter than the landscape. This can allow it to be hard to keep detail in the sky without the landscape being too dim, without the sky being overly bright and to keep detail in the landscape.

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

Commonly, you will place the dark 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 show correctly for the landscape and also don't have to worry about the sky being too glowing.

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Split neutral density filters come in two varieties - graduated border and edge that is hard. Calibrated border 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 usually preferred for landscape photography as the transition seems more natural when compared to a hard edge.

Tough border split neutral density filters are somewhat more useful when shooting a photo with a well defined horizon that forms a solid line. The split line of the filter can then be put along this line. They may be especially useful when the sun is on or just over the horizon.

Both hard edge and graduated split neutral density filters are offered in a variety of strengths: ND0.3 = 1 stop

ND0.6 = 2 stops

ND0.9 = 3 stops

The larger in difference between the brightness of the landscape and also the sky, the stronger the filter you may want to use.

Although split neutral density filters are offered as glass screw-in filters, most photographers prefer a Cokin P or similar 'slot-in' established filter system. This enables you move the filter up and down, placing the dark section of the filter exactly where you will need it and to easily rotate the filter.

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The key benefit of split neutral density filters over applications procedures of equalizing exposure in a photo is that you could see the effect the moment you shoot the photo. Additionally, it saves on the work involved with software based alternatives.

The disadvantage, though, is where the horizon is clearly outlined that split neutral density filters operate best. You will discover that the top of the item will be darkened while the bottom will not, if you have objects, like trees in your image, that are both below and over the horizon. This really is the primary issue with split neutral density filters, and in events like these a software solution to managing the exposure might be preferable.

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