In another thread I mentioned that I've previously had issues with overcast skies ending up blown-out, so I've been taking advantage of this week's weather to experiment with ND grads. To test, I shot an overcast (urban) landscape with no filter, 1.5 stops, 2.5 stops, and 4 stops of ND grad to get a feel for how much is "enough". Obviously that's a matter of taste and conditions, but it's good to know what to expect next time I'm out doing a proper shoot.
I've only scanned these negatives so far; I've run out of paper developer until Friday, so I'll print them on the weekend to better assess the results.
My current setup uses screw-in adaptors into the lens onto which is clipped the filter holder. Into the filter holder one can slide one or more 150mm filters.
So my question is, is it just me, or are ND grads all a bit of a pain to use? The results are good, but maybe there's a better way to get good results in-camera. Has anyone had any luck just hand-holding the filters perhaps?
Is there a better way or should I just harden up and get better at using what I've got?