We use polarization filters

We use polarization filters

You need a polarization filter for two reasons:

The first reason is to look through reflections. This is actually its main job – to look through reflections in water, streams and such, and it does that very well (it’s like wearing a pair of sunglasses)

The second reason is to make a a light coloured sky look darker and more blue.

Företagsfotograf Helen Shippey i Västerås
Here you can easily see the difference between taking this image with or without a polarization filter. The image has not been edited to show you the difference.

Rotate the polarization filter

You can rotate the polarization filter to choose how much polarization you want, this is especially useful when shooting the sky or reducing reflections in water. You don't always want to remove all the reflections in the water, you see a preview in your camera as you rotate on the polarization filter so you just have to stop rotating when you think it looks good to you.

I always carry polarization filters in the camera bag to be ready when needed.

At the front of the lens

Polarization filter you put on the front of your lens so it is important that you have the right size of your filter otherwise it may not fit your lens. I have many different lenses with us and only two have the same diameter so we need more than one polarization filter with us so we can use it on all our lenses. For a while I had a conversion ring that allowed me to use the same filter for two different lens sizes.

A conversion ring is an intermediate ring that you screw on between your lens and your filter. What you should watch out for is that in some cases you may see a vignetteing at the edge of your image just because the conversion ring goes out a little outside the lens. It may not always be the case, it depends a bit on which camera and lens you use. It's not something I use today, but it worked great when I started to learn photography and didn't want to spend a fortune buying a polarization filter for every lens I had.

There are many different brands of polarization filters and my advice here is to buy one as expensive as you can afford. The more expensive ones tend to be better quality than the cheaper ones.

If you have any questions, just ask me and I'll answer as best I can.

/ Helen

Photographer in Västerås, Sweden!

Företagsfotograf Helen Shippey i Västerås
My two different polarization filters I use.

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Företagsfotograf Västerås Helen Shippey

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