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Photography Magazine

The Art of Landscapes

Have ND filters had their day?


In this world of digital post production, it’s tempting to ask why we still reach for graduated neutral density filters. Bas Meelker sheds some light on the situation.

We all use filters for our landscape photography. Our neutral density (ND) and polarizing filters have been our faithful and trusted companions for many years. They are problem solvers, empowering us to broaden our artistic possibilities. In this article, I won’t get into the dos and don’ts of using filters, but I will try to answer a difficult issue that confronts us more and more these days: do we still actually need them? 
 
To begin to answer that question it’s important to appreciate that digital techniques, both in-camera and post production, have developed immensely over the last 10-15 years. In fact, it’s not understatement to say that the photographic landscape has undergone a complete transformation. 

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