The best way to use a polarizing filter

Even if you are an enthusiast or a professional photographer, getting that quality shot can be all the difference in building your portfolio and making your work a standout among peers. We are of course talking about polarizing filters. Making use of polarizing filters can have endless benefits if used the right way. Using a polarizing filter can change the way your camera treats light. It can bring about a positive change in the way your camera sees reflections and reacts to glares under direct sunlight. You can expect vibrancy in the color of your shots. The list of benefits as we said is endless.

The aim of this post is to point out the best ways to use a polarizing filter for novices and pros alike:

Pointing away from the light source

Polarizer’s work great to reduce the haze in the haze in the surroundings. This will work best when the light is adapted on a 90-degree axis to the filter. In simpler terms, you will get the best angle to shoot is directly overhead and towards your side. You can ensure this by making an L shape using your forefinger and thumb and pointing that finger towards the sun. In the same position, rotate your hand both ways-counterclockwise and clockwise. The area pointed by your thumb in any direction is your cue to where the polarization will have its maximum effect.

Staying away from reflections and glares

Polarizer’s work great to reduce glares and reflections which can at times hinder your shots. Adjusting your polar filter when you are working around water can help get those crystal clear shots that bring out the true natural color of the water which otherwise may get hindered due to reflections. Same is the case when taking pictures through glass, using polarizer’s the right way can help remove glare.

Using a tripod

A polarizer can block lights from your camera which could be the of your polarization settings on your camera, you might want to use slow shutter speeds to get good shots. If you are using long exposures, then a tripod stands works best to reduce camera shakes. Adjusting your polarizer

Sometimes, use of a polarizer can bring out unnatural shades of color into your shots for example using your polarizer to take sky shots can make it come out in an unnatural shade of blue. You can rectify this by adjusting the outer ring to reduce the effect of the polarizer.

Getting away from exposure

Polarizing filters tend to change the exposure of your shots. The filters of polarizers are usually dark which may result in less light passing through to your image sensor resulting in your shot not getting the desired effect. Using a larger aperture, increasing the setting of your ISO setting and also using long shutter speeds can help do the trick of getting a full polarized effect for your shots.

Polarizers can have the desired effect on your shots provided you have a clear understanding of a polarizer and this can come only through trials and errors. We have tried listing you the basic principles, the rest is upon you. Happy shooting!.