UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR A POLARIZING FILTER

THE POLARIZING FILTER!

One of the most valuable pieces of equipment you can own, to take magnificent landscape photos.

Learn how this works in this article:

All great photographers know the value of a polarizing filter. It magically makes the scenery photos come alive with their natural color. When seeing the differences of before and after photos, you will know right away how important this one accessory can be.

JUST WHAT IS POLARIZED LIGHT?

Trying to find an easy way to describe polarized light has been challenging to say the least. But, I like this definition of polarized light, that maybe we can all understand why we need this filter:

The light tends to move more uniformly rather than scattering all over the place, and it comes at you horizontally or vertically. This is polarized light, which we experience as glare, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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IN PHOTOGRAPHY, WE HAVE A POLARIZING FILTER TO CURE THIS PROBLEM:

The standard polarizer filter will just screw in to the front of your lens. It is mounted on a ring that you can rotate the filter to get the best optimization of the polarized light.

EXAMPLES OF WHEN TO USE THIS FILTER:

Winter photos will be so much better with a polarizer filter

EXAMPLE 1

Note: as you look at the above photo, how much bluer the skies are, but the snow is also more detailed because the reflections that are on the snow are gone. Polarizing filters eliminate anything that reflects light, except for metal. There is dust floating in the sky, and the polarizing filter cuts out all the reflections off the dust particles, and that’s why the skies are more vivid in color.

Want to get better detail under the water, then use a polarizing filter

EXAMPLE #2

The above example shows how well the polarizing filter will work shooting through water. Reflections are cut off the surface, and thus you get better detail through the water.

Using polarizing filters for portraits? YES, it’s an amazing how well they turn out.

EXAMPLE 3

Most faces have a certain amount of oil on the skin, and the polarizing filter cuts through those reflections and give you amazing skin tones.

Like the above winter photo, look what a polarizing filter will do to your scenery photo

EXAMPLE 4

In a regular sunny day, the landscape will have reflections on all green things, the sky, the clouds, the roads, etc. Use a polarizing filter for all your scenery photos.

Closeup of how the polarizing filter acts on plants. This would include trees, grass, shrubs, flowers, etc.

EXAMPLE 5

I love this photo because it shows in great detail the reflections on leaves. Now eliminate the reflections with your polarizing filter, and you have beautiful green foliage. And this includes all foliage and grass.

NOW YO CAN SEE HOW IT WORKS

The above diagram shows exactly how it works. Keep in mind these 2 things:

1- The filter has a dark grey color to it, and cuts the light coming down to your sensor by half. You should buy a “circular polarizer” and then your light meter reading should still be accurate.

2- If you are trying to keep a certain Fstop to create the right depth of field in your photo, you may need to adjust your ISO on your camera to compensate for the drop in light coming through your lens.

You can pick up a polarizing filter from your favorite camera store. Some are made of better glass that the others, so don’t buy the cheapest filter. The better the glass, the better your photo. I am not going to endorse any filter brands on this blog, but, just let it be known, that you shouldn’t spend the least amount on this filter.

For more detailed information about a polarizing filter and other accessories, go to: https://123photogo.com/complete-photo-courses/


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NOW, YOU CAN ORDER TIFFEN BRAND POLARIZING FILTERS HERE: JUST ORDER THE SIZE THAT FITS YOUR LENS. NOT SURE WHERE TO LOOK? LOOK AT THE BACK OF YOUR LENS CAP. THAT WILL TELL YOU THE SIZE TO ORDER.

POLARIZING FILTERS FOR SALE:

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49mm Tiffen polarizing filter

Tiffen 49mm polarizing filter for the best way to improve your photos.

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52mm Tiffen polarizing filter

One of the best filters you can buy! Tiffen 52mm polarizing filter.

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55mm Polarizing filter by Tiffen

Tiffen 55mm Polarizing filter, to improve your photos.

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58mm Tiffen Polarizing filter

58mm Polarizing Filter, for the best way to improve your photos.

$48.95


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62mm polarizing filter by Tiffen

Tiffen 62mm polarizing filter to improve your photos naturally.

$48.95


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67mm Tiffen Polarizing filter

Tiffen 67mm polarizing filter to vastly improve your photos naturally.

$50.00

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