Polarizing Filter- Why and How to use it

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A polarizing filter is something that one should always carry along with. When I’m taking photos there are a lot of different filters but the polarizing filter is definitely my favourite one.

It’s a very very powerful filter and you can create amazing looking images with it. Wondering when and how to use it you have come to the right place. You’re going to learn something new and exciting so without wasting any time let’s get started.

Here are Polarizing filter- Why and how to use it:

1) What is a Polarizing Filter

What is a polarizing filter

The basic concept of a circular polarizing filter is you rotate the filter and then reflections, the atmospheric haze gets reduced. You also get much better contrast and colours in your images.

This is one of the filters that is very widely used in landscape photography, in architecture photography and even some of the product and food photographers also use it.

2) When to use or not to use

When to use or not to use polarizing filter

To use or not to use a polarizer is the question. Let’s address the first one. If there are any kind of reflections in your images that you either want to get rid of or change it a bit, you should use a polarizer.

There’s no way you can do it in editing. What you can do in editing is either darken or brighten an area, but you can’t get rid of the reflections. So now how to use a polarizer. Obviously attach it to the lens first and then see the live view of your camera.

I won’t prefer using the viewfinder because it’s a bit small to see the effect very clearly. You start rotating the filter till you’re happy with the result. The more you rotate, more polarization you get and it’s not always necessary to use maximum polarization. It depends on the result you want.

3) When to use a Polarizing filter

When to use a Polarizing filter

Sometimes even a bit of polarization works great. What I do most of the times is I take the same picture with different polarization and then later when I go home, I select the best out of them.

When I’m photographing waterfalls, I prefer using polarizers lot. Now there are a couple of reasons for that. The first reason is I can see the surface beneath the water by reducing the reflection and I feel it adds a bit of depth to the image.

And the second one is to remove the reflections from the wet rocks. those reflections are very bright and sometimes can be very distracting. Again as I said in editing you can darken it up but you cannot get rid of it and that’s where polarizers are very helpful.

4) What Polarizing filters do

What Polarizing filters do

Since the polarizing filter reduces the reflections, the haze you’re able to see the colours beneath it more clearly. And that’s why you get saturated colours and more contrast.

Now the question is you can increase the saturation and contrast in editing. Agreed. But this is something different. When you’re increasing the saturation of any particular image what you’re basically doing is you’re increasing the intensity of the existing colours.

But when you’re using a polarizer as I said before you’re removing the haze, you’re removing the reflections, the glare and the actual colours are being revealed.

So obviously it’s different one very important thing to understand while using a polarizer is the angle of light. Now the polarizer filter works best at 90 degrees from the sun.

Using a polarizer won’t make much sense. When you’re using a polarizer with a wide angle lens especially something like a 24 mm or even less than that, you will see different polarization applied in different parts of the image.

And this can result in dark bands which looks unnatural this is a mistake a lot of beginners do. It’s slightly dark and have some kind of colour tint to it. So I would recommend to adjust the settings after you have attached the polarizer now the question is sort of when not to use a polarizer.

5) When not to use Polarizing Filter
When not to use

Now continuing with when not to use a polarizer. I personally won’t recommend using a polarizer in portrait photography because it can mess up with the skin tones. And it might look unnatural.

But if you’re into landscape or architecture or any kind of product shoot, a polarizer is going to be a very handy tool to get rid of those glare and reflections. It’s a very small filter but very powerful.

What I would recommend is get the bigger size and use step up rings for the smaller lenses. In this way you save a lot of money without facing any problems.

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