This is the world’s first variable ND grad filter

Aurora Aperture Inc has created a world’s first: a hard-transition ND grad filter with a variable range of up to five stops.

ND grad filters are half-and-half filters that are used to control the exposure in only part of an image, commonly a sky that’s significantly brighter than the landscape beneath it. A variable ND filter, meanwhile, is an overall exposure-controlling filter, whose strength can be adjusted to suit different situations. And, until now, the two have not been combined into one.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.