Wednesday, April 17

3 Tips On How To Use A Circular Polarizer

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If you’ve been paying attention, I just published this in-depth article on how to use a circular Polarizer. This book is very technical and explains the science behind circular Polarizers. This article is a list of tips and tricks for using a Polarizer. It skips the technical stuff. These are my top three tips for using a circular polarizer.

Get The Angle Right

It won’t work if you try to use your circular Polarizer to photograph sunrises and sunsets. Circular polarizers are most effective when the sun is at 90 degrees. You can use a circular polarizer to find the sweet spot. To do this, turn your fingers into an L-shaped shape. Your forefinger should be pointed directly at the sun. Then pivot your wrist. Your camera will aim in the direction your thumb points.

Don’t Use Polarizers to Make Panoramas

This is yet another problem with polarizers that people don’t think about. A circular polarizer makes it difficult to create a panorama. You will be looking at different angles to the sun throughout each photo. This is a problem, as you will have shots in your pano where the polarizer works like a charm and others that it doesn’t. Without a lot of post-processing, your final product may look very unnatural. Alternatively, you can adjust polarization by moving the camera for each panorama image – increasing its strength in frames closer to the sun. However, this can be very difficult to do.

Get a Quality Circular Polarizer

Yesterday, I found myself in an odd part of the internet and came across this hilarious video about how to make a circular polarizer. A DIY circular polarizer is a great project for your kids, but it’s not realistic to make your own from a pair of cut-up 3D glasses. Similar to what I saw, I also noticed photographers purchasing $10 circular polarizers from Amazon. These circular polarizers can cause a color cast to your images and are often weakly made. This is a poor investment. Kenko is my go-to for all things polarizer. I love their circular polarizer filter. It’s the cheapest circular polarizer available at $43, and it will last forever. Kenko is Japan’s number one selling polarizer. This is because they have created a polarizer that is reliable, durable, and affordable. Its anti-reflective rings work better than any other polarizer filters I have tried. I also don’t have flare issues with my photos. It also has an anti-stain coating that makes it easy to clean after each use. It’s not bad, is it? Who doesn’t want to enhance their landscape photos? A polarizer is one way to improve your landscape photos. It’s also one of the easiest things you can do, as you’ve seen here.

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