Hi, I was recently thinking of moving into filters for landscape shots. been reading various comments for 1, 2, 3 stop GND filters, soft & hard edge. it seems like a 2-stop GND soft edge filter is good for starters and maybe a 2-3 stop hard edge is good if your horizon is flat. However, a good brand GND filter (e.g. Lee) can be expensive, and things will cost more if I'm buying a series of filters. What's more, this is a travel trip (Grand Canyon), so I may prefer not to bring too many things.
So why not bracket the shot and tone-map in a software like Photomatix? I will have more flexibility in the number of stops of bracketing (but at the risk of maybe ghosting--I could simply shoot the scene twice to lower this risk). No cumbersome filters, and the cost of Photomatix would be cheaper than a series of expensive filters. Since I'll be new to GND filters, I might not get things right so easily at first.
Anyone care to share their comments from their own experience?