Graduated Density Filters

Started Nov 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
Digitalshooter2 Contributing Member • Posts: 573
Re: Graduated Density Filters

greyhorse wrote:

As everyone has already said, go with the drop-in filters as opposed to the screw-on types. One thing to note is that you don't really need the filter holder, especially if you are only buying the one filter. I bought the Lee filter holder system when I bought my first filter, but I rarely take it with me any more.

Holding the filter by hand allows you to "feather" the filter during longer exposures to prevent an obvious transition between the light and dark sections of the filter. This is huge when taking pictures of complex objects like mountiains or valleys. You will want to get the larger sized filters to make this work though.

Holding by hand - I like the idea but would you please shed more light on the technique?  How close do you get to the front of the lens?  Any chance of light leakage from the sides?  Or possibility of scratching the filter?


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