Roll your mouse over the image to see the effects of using a circular polarizer ( no other changes were made – I simply rotated the circular polarizer from what I call zero effect to maximum effect)
Quick circular Polarizer Tips:
- The direction you point your camera in relation to the sun also has an effect – pointing 90 degrees from the sun will give you the potential for the greatest impact. In the example below I was shooting toward the south and the sun was low in the western sky – almost perfectly 90 degrees
- Be careful not to over polarizer your photos – in the example above you can see that the sky on the left is a good bit lighter, further from 90 degrees you see less effect and as a result get shifts in the sky. If I had not been taking this photo to demonstrate the extremes I would have rotated the CP a bit to lessen the effect to avoid that gradient in the sky, just a bit though.
- Be purposeful in using your circular polarizer, don’t always leave it on – it cuts light and may cause you to unnecessarily shoot at higher ISOs
- Get a circular polarizer if you want to WOW your friends with your Fall photos. The polarizing action can really bring out the color in leaves.
Have questions about circular polarizers? Email or leave a comment, I am happy to help.
Links to the correct size of circular polarizers for common lenses.
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