polariser help required

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  1. eggy900

    eggy900 TPF Noob!

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    I have just bought a 55mm circular polariser for my digital prosumer, I primarily bought it because i am going to cambodia next week where there will be lots of strong sunlight. Can anyone please give me some useful tips for using it.
     
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    Put it on the end of your camera, look through the viewfinder, twiddle it until the glare is minimised! Clouds become wonderful!

    Rob
     
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    I think the important thing is don't overuse it. It can make your sky go dark in certain conditions. Remember that it will reduce the amount of light by a couple stops.

    They also work best if the sun 90 degrees to your shooting direction (try to keep the sun in line with your shoulders).

    If you see a shot with a lot of reflected light (ie. looking into a valley while the sun reflects off of leaves and roofs), go for it. Then take another shot without the filter--sort of like bracketing your shots.

    You might find that the non-polarized shot works better.

    Other than that, there isn't much to it.

    Take lots of shots and have fun. We all want to see them when you get back.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The polarizing effect is strongest at 90 degrees to sunlight. So to get maximum effect, have the sun shining on your left or right side while you take the shot.
     
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    thanks for all the useful info, i will have to make a post with my best pics when i get back
     

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