I'm returning to photography after a long break. I mostly shoot landscape stuff, particularly focused on panoramics. Years ago, my trusty set of ND grads went everywhere with me, they reduced post processing time significantly and simplified the process of producing a well balanced panoramic. Now, with the more common use of HDR techniques and generally better PP software, is there actually still a need for the humble ND grad? As I said I'm just returning, so far I've got hold of a used 500D body, a Sigma 30mm F1.4 prime and a red snapper tripod. Pretty basic stuff but I've got a new baby so very little spare money and I just remind myself of how pleased I was with the results from my 400D years ago so I'm happy with the level of kit. I'm trying to decide what to pick up next, aside from a panoramic head, whether to go for a set of ND grads as before, or just to undertake more PP work. It doesn't take long to apply a gradient filter in lightroom to bring the sky down, but I always liked the balanced look of even my RAW files with the ND grad filter. So, to cut that short, ND grad or HDR or LR or something else?