May 17, 2017

Getting Richer Colors with Polarizing Filters

Here’s a tip that most photographers already know about to help them get better landscape shots. Ask any pro and they’ll tell you that the circular Polarizing Filter is probably the best gadget in their bag when it comes to getting richer colors and bluer skies. Not only that, but they also comes in handy for cutting down of reflections on water, wet rocks, glass or on anything reflective in your shots. Plus they’ll also help you to get bluer skies and more saturated colors overall. 

These filters are a must-have tool for me and are always in my bag. The beauty is that they just screw on the end of you lens in a couple seconds.

There are two tips you need to know when using these filters. The first one is that Polarizer's work best when you’re shooting at a 90º angle from the sun. That means the suns should be over your left or right shoulder when shooting. If the sun is directly in front of you or right behind you, they really don’t do much at all.  The second tip is that you control the amount of polarization by rotating the ring on the filter. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. 

There is one drawback when using these for landscape shots though. You really don’t want to use them with a super wide angle lens, like a 10.5 or 12mm lens because the field of view is so wide that you’ll end up with uneven shades of blue in you skies.

When it comes to Polarizer's you can pick one up for under $10, but seriously, but it pays to invest in a good Polarizing Filter like a Hoya, Lee or a really nice B & W, because they’ll help you get better color balanced shots and as long as you don’t break them yourself, they’ll last a lifetime.

I hope this helps you and remember as always, keep shooting and have some fun!
© D. Gould Photography