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    JanieB43  647 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
    24 May 2009 - 8:55 AM

    I have the cokin P series and have a 4 and 8 ND filter, a NGrad, together with a polarizing filter. I love landscape/seascape photography and after seeing the standard of such photographs on this site I would really like to improve my shots. Can anyone advise me as to which other coloured/graduated filters are a good investment. I know you can add filter effects with photoshop but I don't think you can beat the "real thing".

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    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    24 May 2009 - 9:19 AM

    Colored filters, forget it.
    Just shoot RAW, and adjust accordingly.

    sherlob e2 Member 82324 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
    24 May 2009 - 9:48 AM

    Not sure I agree Cole. I have, and occasionally use (albeit very occasionally) , a sunset orange grad and a blue grad. Having these in the field can sometimes help me visualise what I'm after.


    JJGEE  96306 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    24 May 2009 - 10:14 AM

    I have a couple of graduated filters which I use for landscape type shots, part ND and part coloured.

    0.6 ND / 81A
    0.3 ND / 81B

    The 81A & 81B just warm up land / buildings leaving the ND to reduce the EV value difference for what is usually a brighter sky.

    Obviously, like all grads, one needs a fairly straight horizon.

    LenShepherd e2 Member 62481 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    25 May 2009 - 7:35 PM

    Quote: The 81A & 81B just warm up land / buildings

    They do if you are shooting slide film for projection, or take a manual white balance setting before adding the filter.
    However using digital AWB or sending to a lab for prints (when the printing machine AWB takes over) produces "correct" colour, removing most or all the 1A or 1B effect.

    25 May 2009 - 8:39 PM

    I reckon you've already got what you need.

    After a quick look at your portfolio I'd say you've got the basics well sorted so it's just a case of practise, practise and more practise. Wink

    NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
    26 May 2009 - 11:56 AM

    you will probably get away most of the time with a 121s soft edge 3 stop filter for seascapes where the water is quite reflective. with sunrises over dark rocks in the hills you may well need 5 stops of Nd grad, but as for colours and similar i wouldnt buy them just to be sat in the bag.

    Last Modified By NEWMANP at 26 May 2009 - 11:57 AM
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