When should I use a circular polarizer ?

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  1. lance70

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    Hi, I'm leaving tomorrow on vacation and going to pick up a circular polarizer filter for my D90. When I'm in the mountains should I just keep this filter on and take my UV filter off? Thanks.
     
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    Do you know what a Circular Polarizer does? If you are in the mountains you can use it for a lake or something to get rid of the reflections, myabe you can try using it as a substitute of a ND filter.
     
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    I find many outdoor photos that already have plenty of light will benefit from a cp. Where there is sky and water. Use it when there are reflective things as well.

    I used mine when I saw a rainbow and it just made the rainbow pop
     
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    I read about them on here and people talk like it's a must have for taking pictures in the mountains but I wasn't sure on how or when to use it. Thanks for the info.
     
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    It cuts down reflections from water or glass surface. It make the blue sky more ... blue and the grass ..... more green under certain circumstances.

    See here for more examples
     
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    wow that makes a huge difference, never realized a filter could do so much, thanks.
     
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    BTW, if you have a UV filter on your lens already, try not to stack CPL together with the UV. Or in general, try to avoid filters stacking. It may produce vignetting on all your photos.
     
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    Great, I was going to ask that too, thanks!
     

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