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Managing Exposure With Graduated NDs, Exposure Blending, And HDR

Managing Exposure With Graduated NDs, Exposure Blending, And HDR

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Often when taking landscape photographs, you'll find that the sky is much brighter than the landscape. This can make it difficult to keep detail in the sky without the landscape being too dark, and to keep detail in the landscape without the sky being too bright.

This document covers 3 ways of dealing with this - split neutral density filters, exposure blending (also known as exposure fusion), and High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging.
Often when taking landscape photographs, you'll find that the sky is much brighter than the landscape. This can make it difficult to keep detail in the sky without the landscape being too dark, and to keep detail in the landscape without the sky being too bright.

This document covers 3 ways of dealing with this - split neutral density filters, exposure blending (also known as exposure fusion), and High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging.

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Often when taking landscape photographs, you'll find that the sky is much brighter than thelandscape. This can make it difficult to keep detail in the sky without the landscape being too dark,and to keep detail in the landscape without the sky being too bright.
Split Neutral Density (ND) filters
One solution to this problem is the split neutral density filter. This is a filter that can be placed infront of the lens. One half of the filter is clear, while the other half is dark.
Typically, you will place the dark section of the filter over the sky to darken the sky, while the clearsection is placed over the landscape. You can then expose correctly for the landscape and don't haveto worry about the sky being too bright.
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Split neutral density filters come in two varieties - graduated edge and hard edge. Graduated edgemeans that there is a soft transition between the dark and soft sections of the filter. Soft edge orgraduated split neutral density filters are normally preferred for landscape photography because thetransition looks more natural than a hard edge.
Hard edge and soft edge graduated split neutral density filters
Hard edge split neutral density filters are more useful when taking a photo with a well definedhorizon that forms a solid line. The split line of the filter can then be placed along this line. They areespecially useful when the sun is on or just above the horizon.Both hard edge and graduated split neutral density filters are available in a range of strengths:
ND0.3 = 1 stop
ND0.6 = 2 stops
ND0.9 = 3 stops
Graduated split neutral density filters – ND0.3, ND0.6 and ND0.9
The larger in difference between the brightness of the sky and the landscape, the stronger the filteryou will want to use.
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