The beauty of the ND grad is that it allows the photographer to reduce exposure in one part of the scene, while leaving the rest unaffected. And because LEE Filters ND grads are truly neutral, there will be no nasty color casts on the end result.
Neutral density grads are most commonly used when the sky is brighter than the foreground. By placing an ND grad across the bright area, detail is retained and a more balance composition is the result.
These filters are rectangular in shape so that you have the ability to manipulate where the grad line falls within the frame. If you wish to have more skyline than foreground simply move the filter down within the holder, and moving the filter up within the holder will allow for more foreground than skyline.
The transition between the clear and neutral density portions of a soft edge graduated filter is less sharp and more subtle than in a hard edge graduated filter. A soft edge grad filter is recommended when the variation in light readings within a scene is less pronounced or the horizon line has any deviation, such as mountains, trees or rock formations. The soft edge grad filter is also used on occasions when the effect of a hard edge grad would be apparent in the resulting image, showing as a ‘line’ across the composition. The transition in tones, from bright to dark, should appear very natural when using a soft grad.
It is also possible to stack neutral density grad filters within the same holder, as long your filter holder is set up to hold more than one filter, this allows you to achieve a variety of effects. Don’t forget, neutral density graduated filters – as with most others in the LEE Filters range – are compatible with both digital and film photography.
Resin Filters are made from lightweight, optically correct polymeric materials. This ensures they are durable, easy to handle – and can be wiped clean if sprayed by sea or sand during a shoot.
Because all LEE filters are handmade by skilled technicians their quality is guaranteed.