Beginner Help with ND Grads please.....

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Simon
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#1
Good afternoon and a Happy New Year to all.

Would someone be kind enough to point me in the direction on how to use ND Grads? I have watched some vids on Youtube but I need an idiot beginners guide!

Thank you.
Simon
 
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Lee
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Basically..... They are used to darken a part of the image - Usually the sky - & create a nice balanced single image without any loss of pure blacks/blown whites.

You can add grads in PP if you have full file information. You could take two shots & blend in PP if nothing in the scene is moving.

I find a 2 stop ND Grad is sufficient to capture enough detail which can be emphasised in PP. I use a hard edge much more than a soft edge.

For the cost of taking the missus out for a country pub lunch & a few drinks you can pick up a simple square filter grad set up as long as you aren't shooting too wide an angle.
 
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