Death Valley National Park, CA

Limitations of a GND Filter

Graduated Neutral Density filters, also known as GND filters, can be used to reduce the dynamic range of the scene which allows you to capture the scene correctly and without the need for complicated post-processing. But, GND filters do have their limitations, as one of the students in our Death Valley workshop discovered.

If you are interested in learning more about creating stunning images right out of the camera, check out our Essential Filters Course.

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2 replies
  1. victor beer
    victor beer says:

    Your hard stop filter left the left side darkened. I think I might have used a 3 stop nd grad angled for the sky to alleviate this problem.
    I noticed that Galen Rowell had this same issue in many of his photos and so I tend to use graduated ND filters.
    Thanks for your great videos.


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