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Enhance Your Landscape Images By Using Split Neutral Density (ND) Filters

You'll find the sky is much brighter in relation to the landscape often when taking landscape photos. This may ensure it is almost impossible to keep detail in the sky with no landscape being overly dim, and to keep detail in the landscape without the sky being too glowing.

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

Normally, you'll put the dark section of the filter over the sky to darken the sky, while the clear section is put over the landscape. After that you can expose correctly for the landscape and do not have to worry about the sky being overly glowing.

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Split neutral density filters come in two varieties - graduated border and hard border. Graduated edge means that there's a soft transition between the soft and dark portions of the filter. Since the transition looks more natural when compared to a tough edge soft edge or calibrated split neutral density filters are usually chosen for landscape photography.

Hard 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 may then be put along this line. They can be especially useful when the sun is on or just above the horizon.

Both hard border and calibrated split neutral density filters can be found in a variety of strengths: ND0.3 = 1 stop

ND0.6 = 2 stops

ND0.9 = 3 stops

The bigger in difference between the brightness of the sky and the landscape, the more powerful the filter you will wish to utilize.

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 allows the filter to easily rotate and move the filter up and down, placing the dim section of the filter just where you require it.

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

The disadvantage, though, is where the horizon is clearly outlined, that split neutral density filters work best. You will discover that the top of the item will probably be darkened while the bottom won't, if you have objects, for example trees in your image, that are both below and above the horizon. This is the main issue with split neutral density filters, and in situations like these a software alternative to managing the exposure could possibly be preferable.

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