Lee Filters

ND Grad - Hard

The LEE Neutral Density Hard Grad has a tight 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 hard gradation is perfect for horizons, or any hard transition between the sky and land. 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 each of the LEE Filter Systems.

LEE Hard and Soft 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.


Beach No Filter

No filters

Beach with LEE 0.6 ND Hard Grad

With LEE 0.6 ND Hard Grad

No Filters

No filters

Greece with LEE 0.6 ND Hard Grad

With LEE 0.6 ND Hard Grad


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.