Graduated ND filters for Landscape Photography

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Tony Sweet demonstrates how he balances the dynamic range of a landscape composition using a graduated ND filter. For more photography tutorials, visit


edcruz01 says:

thanks! learning a lot from your channel, i thought it’s somewhere in the UK…

MasterPhotoWorkshops says:

The Great Smokey Mountains National Park

edcruz01 says:

where is the location of this photo shoot please? thanks!

MasterPhotoWorkshops says:

Yes, if you press the filter on the lens it can scratch. You should do this carefully. Some photographers even hold the filter slightly off the front of the lens.

mattperthwa says:

wouldn’t the feathering action scratch the filter?

Jeremy Arsenault says:

lol, what a hipster 😀

veyronman says:

Varies from lens to lens. As he’s a professional it’s likely that he’s using good glass. Even if there is a slight drop-off in sharpness as the aperture is closed up it would be the sort of decrease that would only really be highlighted by lab testing. Out in the field the difference would be negligible.

cockyjeremy says:

Depends on your lens.

MasterPhotoWorkshops says:

Yes, it can blur the image but it should be done very gently. Some photographers try to avoid touching the lens when feathering but then you can get light on the back of the filter. It’s a technique that you need to practice.

SkiMadRiverGlen says:

Good Video… Thank you!
I never saw a graduated filter used before… seems simple and love the fact that you can feather them. But, besides possibly scratching them against the lens, as discussed earlier will the feathering movement cause a blur as the camera is probably shaking a tad?

CuntsQueffing says:

For a second I thought he said Instagram hahaha 2:56

Patrick Williams says:

i thought when you get past f/16 every thing starts to get soft

EamonnDoylePhotoFilm says:

yes but you need to be careful because that small of an aperture can easily cause diffraction, meaning you lose a significant amount of sharpness

oceandrew says:

Even though the transition from clear to darker glass is graduated on the filter you can catch that transition in the image shot through it. By moving the filter up and down a little during the exposure it makes that transition even fainter.

Ichiro Taniguchi says:

down = f/11 > f/120 the lower you shoot the more detail you will get, ontop of that you will also balance the exposure slightly better since the highlights are corrected (slightly) with the lower aperture. having the ND filter increases the ability to correct gradation in the exposure, i shoot fashion so when i shoot garments/models faces (beauty) i have to shoot low apertures for fashion because of the detail, and high aperture (f/2.8-f/1) for beauty to get softer skin tones and higher bokeh

Vincent Randal says:

down? why?

Ichiro Taniguchi says:

when you shoot landscapes you’re usually working from f/11 down

IAmSlonik says:

1:47 Withot ND filter, 3:06 With ND filter.

MasterPhotoWorkshops says:

Tony is looking for sharp focus on the foreground rocks, all the way to the back of the scene, which if very far away. Often, the smallest aperture is used in landscape photography for the most depth of field.

MasterPhotoWorkshops says:

The split grad will not affect the polarizer.

2AnthonyJohn2 says:

He uses the F/22 to keep all of that in focus in the background as well as the foreground.
Also, at f/22 there is a very very small ammount of light being let into the lens, making it so that he can increase the exposure time without overexposing the picture.
The longer the shutter is open, the more light comes in

Vincent Randal says:

I’m new to photography. I thought I heard you say something about metering and F22. Why would you need such a deep depth of field for this shot? Am I confused.

Lincoshop says:

Low light event photography
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photog2428 says:

what was he using to ‘feather’ and why

James Pinder says:

thank you ! 🙂

toshuff says:

Good point. Thanks.

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