How To Use A Graduated ND Filter Effectively For Landscape Photography

Using filters of any kind these days is rarer than in the past, but for landscape photographers specifically, it is still an integral part of the process for those who prefer to get things right in camera.

The Grad filter is something that many can struggle with when they are first trying to up their landscape photography game, and today we have this killer video from Josh Cripps with some tips on how to rock your next shoot using a graduated filter.

Cripps’ Tips from the Video Include:

  • Always try to shoot around sunrise or sunset if possible
  • Start with a 3-stop graduated filter and decide on if you need a hard, soft or reverse grad.
  • Use live view or a test shot to make sure you have the filter positioned correctly.
  • Double check your histogram and exposure to make sure that you are capturing what you need.

This is part II of Cripps’ three-part series on shooting with grad filters, and while a lot of this may seem like simple information to a seasoned landscape photographer, it is invaluable information for those who are just getting to dip their toes into the waters of our world’s natural beauty. When used correctly, a grad filter can work wonders to an image where these days you may think about using HDR and bracketing to post process the image to get this look. Using a grad filter you can get it right in camera, in one shot, without the need to bracket or post-process the image in a special way. This is why filters are still around and why man

If you are interested in checking out part one of Cripps’ series or learning more about landscape photography from him, you can check out his Youtube channel here.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.