Polarized Filter...when to use?

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  1. AutoEuphoria

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    What are the basic set of conditions for which you would want to use a polarized filter? I'm guessing outdoors on a sunny day?
     
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    It will help you cut through haze. Also control reflections in water. Glare. Other stuff. ... Try it if you got one.
     
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    yup....

    brings more contrast out of the sky.... (don't forget to spin it)

    also good when you want to reduce reflection or glare from say water or a car show...

    it also works as a two stop ND filter if you need a little space...
     
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    CPLs are used for:

    1) Reducing glare and reflections on reflective surfaces
    2) If it's a warming polarizer, it can give a warming effect that counters with the polarizing effect (I personally like this)
    3) Creates a deep blue sky that causes pleasant contrast with clouds, but only at an angle of 45 degrees to the sun.
     
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    I posted this before but I feel the need to post this for you!

    With Polarizer filter mounted
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    With polarizer filter mounted and adjusted
    [​IMG]

    This is kind of cool though these are not out door shots. They help make the blue skies even bluer or darker. The contrast is just great!

    -Christopher
     
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    Also works well with greens like a jungle, i found it almost makes tropical water look like your looking through it. Mind you I never considered using it for anythng else until the suggestion for a car show, might be going to an indoor car show tomorrow with bright light to try and see if it helps. I believe i polorized this one with my d40 and a kit lens
    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice shot puyjapin! I just ordered my polarizing filter, but for a different purpose. I don't want any more spoiled shots taken through car or bus windows. ;)
     
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    thanks, here is ano nice 1
    [​IMG]
     
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    Also fun: look at your LCD monitor through your CPL. Keep turning it around...
     

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