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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Choose This Fantastic Filter

 

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If you’re looking for a filter to combat hazy outdoor conditions while also protecting your precious camera lens, the ProMaster Digital HGX Filter is the ideal choice for a variety of shooting situations. This UV filter absorbs ultraviolet rays and combats variable available light and is perfect for both color and black and white photography. And the low profile anti-reflective frame helps prevent vignetting on super wide digital format lenses. The Promaster HGX UV filter is designed specifically for digital lenses, so it minimizes internal reflections created by CCD and CMOS sensors in your digital SLR. But wait–there’s more! This filter also includes the exclusive Repellamax® element resistant coating, which shields your lens from moisture, fingerprints, dust, dirt and other environmental hazards, ensuring your images are tack sharp. If you have to pick only one filter (and we think that’s an unfair request), choose this one, available in a variety of sizes for your particular lens