When it Pays to Polarize

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June is the ideal month for outdoor photography as temperatures are warming up and storms are calming down. Now is the time to venture out and capture the majesty of Mother Nature. It’s also the perfect time to use a polarizing filter.

A polarizing filter, under the right conditions, can help you enhance your landscape and architecture photography by increasing contrast, particularly between blue sky and white clouds. The result will be a darker blue sky, creating a larger pop against the clouds. This type of filter is also useful when photographing natural bodies of water such as rivers, waterfalls and streams because it will largely eliminate reflections. This same feature is ideal when photographing office buildings or architectural structures because the glare from the building’s windows will be effectively eliminated.

A polarizing filter provides these benefits by reducing the amount of light that hits your camera’s sensor– an equivalent of about two full stops. This reduction in light may make getting sharp results more challenging, so using a tripod in these situations will be key. Learning to use a polarizing filter can do wonders for your landscape and architectural projects. You can find your filter at haroldsphoto.com or stop by any of our 4 locations.

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