Photography Tip : Polarizers
I have so many people ask me about the sky, reflections, and glare in images.
When you are going out shooting it is always a huge help to purchase a polarizing filter! They come in every size for every lens (even smart phones) and a price for any budget.
What will a polarizing filter do for you? Put simply, change your life. No, seriously! Play with it a few times and you will know exactly why I say this.
My polarizer only ever comes off when I cannot use a tripod and it is low light or when I'm shooting stars.
Now what exactly will a polarizing filter do for you? I want to give you the three main examples I use mine for.
The first is for water. Have you ever wondered how my images have so many beautiful stones visible under the water or how the reflection looks so vibrant? As you turn the filter you will notice how the water will gain and loose reflection.
The second is the sky. Just like your sunglasses, a polarizing filter will cut the haze. This means a deeper richer blue in the sky and brighter clouds.
Lastly, my favorite, is to cut glare on anything; for me it is foliage. It can come in especially handy after a rain when the leaves are wet, my favorite time to shoot. It cuts the glare from the water and gives you more vibrant colors.
So whether you have $25 to spend or $400, a circular polarizing filter is always a good addition to your kit!
Below is an amazing example. Both images were shot on a tripod in the exact same spot with the exact same settings and the exact same editing. The top image used a polarizing filter, the bottom did not. Notice the water, the greens in the foliage, and the reflections on the leaves.
Now some of you may question why there is a better reflection without the filter, it is because you cannot have everything at the same time. I wanted the greens in the foliage to be deeper and this scene did not lend itself to a reflection.
For those of you interested here are the technical specs for both images.
Zeiss 16-35mm f2.8
Vanguard carbon legs with a Vanguard tripod head
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