Filtering for exposure
Not long ago I mentioned how, in trying to get the exposure of a cloudy sky just right, I have to underexpose the ground by quite a lot. This is not ideal; you would like to expose the different areas differently. Metaphorically, what you need is sunglasses on the top of your lens.
What you need is a lens filter. And we have just the thing: some time ago we acquired a cockin filter kit that fits our 18-55mm kit lenses, with an Neutral Density Graduated (aka ND-Grad) filter. It takes a minute to do and the results are well worth it.
Shot 1: no filter
Shot 2: ND-grad filter
The difference is not like night and day, but the bottom shot looks better on every count. Next time you’re out shooting, get an ND-grad filter – you won’t regret it.