A polarizing filter is one of the most important tools available to improve outdoor pictures.
It is especially effective for removing reflections in water, so if you are planning to shoot moving water or a river scene, select a reputable polarizing filter.
However, it is essential that you know how to use a polarizing filter to take quality outdoor photographs.
Here are a few tips for using a polarizing filter:
- The effect of any type of polarizer is achieved only by rotating the filter in relation to the situation or scene. Use the screw in types that come with the rotating mount.
- Before you start using the polarizing filter, check whether the front element of your lens is moving when you focus on an object.
- Choose a high-quality lens to maximize the effect of a polarizer. Many cheap lenses will mess up your work even if you have the right type of polarizer.
- Use a circular polarizing filter to avoid the confusion of autofocus, white balance and Through The Lens (TTL) metering, particularly if you have an automatic camera.
As always, the best way to understand a polarizing filter and to use it effectively is to experiment with it once. Try taking similar shots both with and without a filter in varying angles and in different lighting conditions.