Dawn and dusk photography can be tricky. Andy Brown describes the benefits of using filters to make the process easier
Shooting during dawn and dusk, or overcast conditions, relegates many of the problems landscape photographers encounter when addressing exposure balance, simply because the tonal variance between sky and land are comparatively slight. The sun doesn’t have the same potency it’s capable of exhibiting, so it’s less of a battle to avoid producing a scene where the sky is blown out due to a correctly (but solely!) metered foreground, or alternatively where the sky is well recorded but the foreground becomes a dark, incomprehensible mess.
This shouldn’t mean automatically packing your gear and heading for home at other times, however, as help is at hand in the form of filters – in this case graduated neutral density filters. These are typically …