"Graduated Filters" - Digital Photography Podcast 240

I started using graduated filters years ago when I was shooting film, inspired to try them through the work of Galen Rowell. Graduated filters were one of his "secrets" to creating those fantastic landscape images.

These days I'm no longer putting tinted glass in front of my lenses, but I still use graduated filters. The difference is, now I apply them in post production using Adobe Camera Raw. What's interesting is that the mental process hasn't changed that much from the film days. The adjustment is that now I visualize how I'm going to apply the filter in post production rather than at capture.

In this week's episode, I talk about graduated filters, old and new, and the process of visualization that I use while shooting. If you want to see a before and after comparison, take a look at my article, Graduated Filter Adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw.

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1 Comment

Congratulation on your Graduated Filters podcast. It is certainly one of your best. I especially appreciated your saying "expose for" and "correct exposure" rather than using the so often heard "over expose" and "under expose". It bugs me when people say things like "you need to over expose a bit to get more detail in the shadows". Why would anyone want to intentionally over expose? You got it right by taking about using the correct exposure for the situation.