When shooting landscapes it can be a real challenge to achieve correct exposure across the whole scene. Expose for the ground and the sky can often bleach out, expose for the sky and the ground can be significantly underexposed. While there are several editing solutions to get around this problem, few are as effective as getting it right in-camera at the time of shooting by using a graduated neutral density (ND) filter. This is a piece of glass or plastic that attaches over the lens, limiting the amount of light that can enter the lens over a portion of the frame, usually the sky.
Cokin’s H250A ND Grad Kit comes with a holder and three plastic filters that offer darkening levels of 1, 2 and 3 stops. You can easily add to your filter collection, as all other filters in Cokin’s P-series range fit this holder.
You’ll need a ring adapter to attach the holder to the lens. These are available to buy separately for lenses between 48-82mm, and cost around £13. Once attached, slot in your selected graduated filter and start shooting. You can even stack several filters at once if you wish as there are three available slots in the holder.
Every landscape photographer should have a set of ND grad filters in their kit bag as a minimum requirement, and for £44 (not including ring adapter) the Cokin H250A ND Grad Kit is a worthwhile investment.
- Price: £39 (As of July 2016)
- Series: Cokin P
- Size: 84x100mm
- Visit: www.cokin-filters.com
This review was first published in the September 2014 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.