Learn how to use a polarizing filter with these 6+ easy tips

Use the proper lighting and color to professionally enhance your photography skills. Polarizing filters are the perfect tools to help you achieve both goals. Learn how to use a polarizing filter with these 6+ easy tips.
Polarizing filter are popular with landscape photographers and really make your photographs stand out when used correctly. What follows are some tips to help you get started.
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1. Time considerations
Even with the benefits that come with using a polarizing filter, they do take time to put on and use -- especially in the beginning. Keep this in mind when planning your shoot. Take plenty of pictures and practice rotating the filter first so that the color and lighting are correct.
2. Polarization degrees
It's easy to predict where the sky will be the darkest, based on where the sun is. When the sky is directly above, the color is pretty even. At sunrise and sunset, the sky appears polarized vertically. Try to correct some of this post processing, or remove the filter when shooting at sunrise and sunset to avoid this.
3. Reflections
Polarizing filters also reduce reflections in photographs. Get rid of reflections to reduce glare in photos and really bring out the color for a beautiful image.
4. Lessen haziness
Haze can also be lessened with a polarizing filter. Eliminating haze has similar effects to getting rid of reflections. Colors look much more vivid, making the scene really pop out to the viewer. Further reduce haze with post-processing software.
5. Contrast
Less contrast is another benefit of using a polarizing filter. Color is brightened and lines appear sharpened. Contrast can also be added or reduced during post-processing.
6. Dark skies
While taking shots with a polarizing filter, the sky may look unnaturally dark. Correct this by rotating the filter, thereby lightening the sky. Give yourself time to practice rotating the filter to see the difference in the sky when starting out.
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7. Add color
Color appears much more vivid and intense with a polarizing filter. When taking photos of a waterfall, the surrounding objects often reflect the water falling. But with a polarizing filter, the reflections can be reduced, with focus instead on the color in the scene.

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