An essential part of any photographer’s filter kit, neutral density (ND) grads are designed to balance extremes of exposure in a scene – for example, a bright sky and a darker foreground. Manufactured from optically correct resin, LEE Filters ND grads are truly neutral, and do not create a colour cast across the area affected by the filter. Because the filter holder can be rotated, grads can also be used at angles and upside down, for use on occasions when the foreground is brighter than the sky.
All four types of grad filters are available in the following strengths:
- 0.3 (1 stop)
- 0.6 (2 stops)
- 0.9 (3 stops)
- 1.2 (4 stops)
Very hard grad (Resin)
The very hard ND grad is perfect for scenes such as seascapes that feature a defined horizon line. The transition between the coated and clear sections of the filter is extremely sharp, allowing for precision separation between the filtered and unfiltered areas of the frame.
Hard grad (Resin)
The hard ND grad remains the same versatile filter it’s always been. Featuring a slightly deeper area of transition than the very hard grad, it is as suited to the landscape as it is to the urban environment.
Medium grad (Resin)
LEE Filters has been manufacturing a bespoke medium ND grad to order for a number of years. It proved so popular with professional photographers, it has now been made available to all. This filter is ideal for use when elements of the scene protrude into the sky, be that the rooftops of buildings or
the peaks of mountains. The nature of the transition between coated and uncoated areas of the filter means that the sky can be filtered with minimal impact on the land beneath it.
Soft grad (Resin)
The soft ND grad is essential when photographing scenes that don’t feature any sky, but which still require filtration to balance the exposure. A typical example might be a woodland scene that features streams of sunlight coming into the frame from an upper corner. The line of a hard grad would show up on the image, whereas the transition of a soft grad is undetectable. Soft grads are also ideal for scenes in which there is little definition between land and sky, or when large objects protrude into the sky.