Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sorry again that this post is late! I was sadly without my computer last night and couldn't even write this post, let alone post it!
So my tip today is going to be quick, and it's to talk a little bit about Polarizing Filters. A polarizer screws onto your lens and is designed to rotate while mounted to achieve maximum affect for what you're shooting. A polarizer can reduce glare and reflections, reduce haze, and make skies more vibrant and detailed. Have you ever shot outside somewhere and got home to realize all the skies were a bit too blown out or washed out? A polarizer can bring back that detail.
This shot below is one example taken with a polarizer, during my trip to Peru.
Normally, in order to properly expose for the building on the right, I would end up with a blown out sky, as the sun was in front of me to my left. And normally, if I had exposed for the sky, the building would've been a silhouette. But by rotating the polarizer to the sky, proper exposure for building and sky were achieved. I didn't need to do any editing on the sky to bring color or detail back.
Here is another example, taken at the Salineras in Maras--the ancient Incan Salt Mines, that are still mined for salt today. If you look carefully in the middle you can see a Peruvian hauling in a giant block of salt on his back.
I've read that polarizers can also reduce glare and reflections in glass, though I haven't tried it this way yet. I wonder if it would help to shoot people with glasses, to reduce the glare in the glasses. Has anyone tried on in this way? For the shots above, a HOYA 72mm Circular Polarizing Filter was used.
OH, and btw, I'm guest judging Branson and Stephanie's Edit Me challenge this week. Please check their blog tomorrow to see a picture of mine that you can download and edit for the challenge!