Choose the right filter density - in less than 5 seconds!
If so, learn how AutoND can improve your workflow!
AutoND is an automatic density calculator for graduated neutral density filters!
In landscape photography there is one common problem: the sky can be much brighter than the ground. This is often the case at sunrise or sunset. Most sensors in digital cameras are not able to catch the whole scale of bright and dark values of a scene with high dynamic range. Lights then tend to burn out, or dark parts loose all detail.
This is where graduated neutral density filters can help. They darken the sky, reducing the dynamic range of the scene. Now the camera sensor can capture everything.
However, it is important to choose the right filter. If the filter density is too strong, the image will look unnatural. If it is too weak, it might also look unnatural or even lose detail in the bright or dark parts.
Here is the common approach:
While the approach described above works well, it has two problems:
Time is especially a problem when shooting a sunrise or sunset, where the lighting conditions are changing fast. By the time you calculated the result, remounted your DSLR onto the tripod and reset all the settings, you have to start the process all over again!
But what if you could leave your DSLR resting on the tripod and use your phone instead? What if the right filter density was calculated for you automatically? And if you could reduce the whole process down to two simple steps that take less than five seconds?
Well, now you can - with AutoND!