Aspicus and the Art of Photography

From Snapper to Shooter (hopefully)

A Graduated Neutral Density Filter at last

I got a Graduated Neutral Density (GND) Filter finally.  In the end I went for a square type (a Lee), with a 0.6 hard GND.  I thought that the flexibility (especially for GND) overcame the faffing about with bits of plastic and the like – and having actually used it, it isn’t much of a faff at all.  In fact I found it remarkably easy to use, so easy that I’m going to have to be careful to not overuse it.  The Lee system is a bit more pricey than the Cokin, but reading around the quality is supposed to be a little better.  My thought was that I would pay a bit more, but only pay once.  Also looking at the filters on offer, you can get filters costing around £10 up to around £30, the former of which is well within my price range.

So far I’ve tried it on a couple of outings.  The first time I only used it a couple of times.  The second I used it for pretty much every shot (to reduce the glare in the sky).  I can undestand the value of these accessories now as it meant I did not have as many blown-out shots as I would have normally.

Now I just need to get the filters suggested in the course notes (the Blue, Red etc).  I think I will get these slowly – one or two a month.

So in all, if you are umming and aaarghing about getting one – I would definitely recommend it.


29 March 2009 - Posted by | Equipment

1 Comment »

  1. hey, i just got one too (i went with the cokin system) and I have to agree that it’s definately worth the fussing about, i’m really happy with the early results of using it. look forward to seeing some of your photos with it in use. cheers selina.

    Comment by selina | 7 April 2009 | Reply

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