WHY A POLARIZING FILTER – PHOTOGRAPHY TIP 43
The circular polarizing filter that I use on my wide-angle lens cost over $200.00. Is it really worth the expense? Can’t I just saturate the image in the processing stage? These are good questions. And here is my answer: Yes and No! Yes, it is worth the expense. And no you cannot just saturate the image in the processing stage.
For the absolute serious photographer who wants an image that is pure from overdone post processing, invest the money.
Look at this image from Yosemite National Park. This image has absolutely no post processing saturation. The sky color is created by the appropriate positioning of the photographer and the sun, and the use of a high-quality circular polarizing filter.
First make sure you are perpendicular to the position of the sun. You may need to move around to find this perspective. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Then, adjust the circular polarizing filter to achieve the desired color.
Finally, adjust your aperture setting as the polarizing lens will filter some of the light.
When you do that, you will capture an image with all the natural beauty that God intended.