With and Without a Circular Polarizer

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A circular polarizer is a filter that is really worth having because it’s great for reducing glare from reflective surfaces. It draws the glare from wet leaves or the surface of a pond and allows you to see more detail and color. It also helps cut through haze to enhance the blue in the sky.

The filter is made up of two rotating elements and seems pretty simple to use… just screw it onto your lens and then rotate the outer ring until you get the effect you want. Here are few real world samples where a circular polarizer helped us capture photos with vibrant colors and superb details.

Our Essential Filters Course includes several examples of circular polarizers, GND filters, and ND filters… and we don’t stop there. We follow it up with a variety of real-world case studies so that you can see and understand the thought process behind our on-location workflow.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.