You will be surprised when you see the awsome difference in your pictures when using a lens filter. This time of year I find that a Soft-Edge Graduated Neutral Density Filter takes the edge off the bright sun when I’m shooting outdoors.
Compared to hard-edge GND filters, soft-edge graduated neutral density filters gradually transition from dark to clear. This allows photographers to use these filters when photographing scenery in a normal environment for most of us, a horizon that is not flat. While mountains, hills, and other objects above the horizon can be a problem with hard-edge GND filters, soft-edge GND filters work much better in those situations. This is due to the gradual transition from dark to clear.
Hobbyists and videographers both use soft-edge GND filters for their landscape photography often and find them much more useful than hard-edge GND filters. It is occasionally necessary, in high-contrast and other rare situations, to stack soft-edge GND filters.
The best way to purchase soft-edge GND filters is in filter sets of three or more in varying strengths and a filter holder. This brought my cost under $30 per filter. Depending upon the thread used on your camera body, you may also need a lens filter adapter.
Until next time, Happy Shuttering!