Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Do More With Your Polarizer
It’s the ultimate outdoor photography landscape filter, and we’ll show you how to do more than just darken skies
Most of the best polarizer manufacturers offer a low-profile version that minimizes vignetting. Low-profile polarizers typically cost more, they sometimes require a special lens cap, which can be a minor annoyance, and they don't have external threads to accommodate another filter.
How I Use My Polarizer
> It's almost always on. Since I'm all about simplicity in the field, and determining whether I need a polarizer and then installing or removing it as needed is more trouble than it's worth, each lens has its own polarizer that never comes off during daylight hours. I remove my polarizer only when I need more light; but remember, I'm always on a tripod, so unless it's night or I'm dealing with wind or water motion, the light lost to the polarizer isn't a concern (Image 6).
But shooting with no polarizer is better than using an incorrectly oriented polarizer. If you're going to follow my "always on" polarizer approach, you must be diligent about rotating the polarizer and checking its effect on each composition or risk doing more harm than good to your image.
> Protection. Like many photographers, I always use a filter as protection for my front lens element; unlike many photographers, I don't use UV or skylight filters. While it's possible to stack a polarizer with a UV or skylight filter, I don't. Instead, because it almost never comes off, my polarizer doubles as protection for the front lens element.
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