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filter question - ND gradient or pp?

 
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Oct 26, 2011 17:57 |  #1

Landscapes - I've been told my landscape shots would come out a lot better with a graduated ND filter darkening the sky. But I'm told its best to be a little over-exposed to collect the most data for raw processing. Am I better off capturing landscapes and clouds with a filter over the lens, optimise the light balance at the start, or forget the filter and do it all in pp (which I do to every picture anyway...)?




  
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Oct 26, 2011 18:21 |  #2

it's a matter of opinion, but in mine...

yes you want to maximize the information you get from that single exposure, which means "exposing to the right" as it is termed.

I use GNDs to balance a scene, to allow me to get maximum information across the whole scene...then handle the rest in post.


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Oct 26, 2011 18:23 |  #3

I have no qualms about "Bracket & Blend"

Control over where and to what degree the balance point falls is much finer in post. CPL is the only filter I own because its effects are basically impossible to replicate in CS5.


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Oct 27, 2011 09:57 |  #4

For £15 Amazon has a soft ND grad filter which is 0.6, I think that's 2-stop or ND4 in Cokin currency?
This would appear a goiod starting piont to have a play.
Only now I want a 1 stop and a 3 stop plus a couple of different colours as well for fun. The spending never ends does it? He who dies with the most toys is the winner...




  
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Oct 27, 2011 10:27 |  #5

Simple answer : Both.
Each method works or fails for different types of scenes.
If you are shooting a scene with movement like flowing water/beach/oceans taking two shots can fail as then you will have a problem making the composite.
If there are branches, buildings, persons, mountains or any other vertical features the GND will fail and you need to take two shots.


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