Lee Filters

ND Grad - Very Hard

The LEE Neutral Density Very Hard Grad has a sharp gradation between the dark and clear areas of the filter. This allows the photographer to selectively adjust exposure across the frame without affecting colour balance.

The very hard gradation is perfect for very defined horizon lines such as seascapes. The very sharp transition allows for precise separation between areas of the image. The filters come in a range of strengths denoting the light stopping power of the dark area of the filter - from 1 to 4 stops.

They are available in different sizes to fit the 100mm and SW150 LEE Filter Systems. The Seven5 System already uses tighter gradations to allow for the smaller sensors on mirrorless cameras, so a Seven5 Hard Grad is equivalent to a 100mm Very Hard gradation.

LEE Medium and Very Hard ND Grads with Joe Cornish

How to Use a ND Grad

  1. Set camera to manual.

  2. Establish your foreground base exposure by pointing the lens at foreground and taking the meter reading through the lens.

  3. Take a sky reading and note the exposure difference between the ground and sky.

  4. Select the right ND grad to correct exposure difference to within 1 stop. For example, if the sky is 3 stops brighter than the ground, add a 0.6 ND (2 stop) grad filter to the sky only.

  5. Slide the filter into position. The grad transition should be visible through the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.

  6. Shoot image using the base exposure already established in step #2.


Ice Sea - Little Stopper

LEE Little Stopper only

With LEE Little Stopper and 0.6 ND Very Hard Grad (Mark Bauer)

St Andrew's Bay - LEE 0.6 ND Very Hard Grad

With LEE 0.6 ND Very Hard Grad (Joe Cornish)


Handmade Precision

LEE ND Grads are handmade in England to exacting standards. The ND gradation is gradually built up by dipping optically correct resin in baths of dye and continuously monitoring the results. Each filter represents up to an hour of skilled work.