itf wrote in post #13589963
I've had a 3 stop hard Lee GND and filter holder, but I have no clue how to use it correctly....... I've read a lot and watched a lot of youtube videos, but the pics aren't coming out as good as I want it. Any suggestions? Thanks.
What exposure mode are you using....that may be your problem. I'd recommend using manual. Set the exposure on the portion of the scene that will be covered by the clear section of the GND, ie usually the bottom. Note that you may want that section to be darker or lighter than "neutral" depending on the elements within that part of the scene, so adjust the exposure accordingly. Determine how much brighter the "brighter area" of the scene, usually the sky or snow capped mtn, is......lets assume 3 stops. Determine how much brighter you want the "brighter area" to be in the end product, ie your image......lets say +1 stop. You'd need a +2 GND...the difference between the actual metering and what you want it to appear in resultant filtered image.
To position the GND filter, particularly for newbies, peer thru your viewfinder while dragging the GND down thru its holder WHILE pressing your camera's Preview button. Ideally you'll be at a smaller aperture, ie f-8 or f-11. You'll readily see the line differentiating the +3 portion of the filter from the clear portion. Move the filter up/down and rotate CW or CCW to best position it. Nowadays I principally handhold my GNDs and preview using whatever aperture I'm shooting with...but I've been doing it for awhile.