As photographers we are constantly looking for new and better ways to improve our photography. We search the internet machine for new photo gear and exciting editing techniques, all in the hope that we can find something to make our photos a little better and give them a slight edge over the other millions of photographers out there. Well, lots of you have sent me messages asking what I use and what I think of all the new stuff, and while yes, there is a lot of great gear and techniques out there, if I could recommend just one thing to help all of you step up your game it would be to have you use a polarizing filter. While this may seem like a pretty easy and simple step to help with your photos, I can tell you from experience that this is the best way to drastically improve your photography.
For those of you who are unaware of what a polarizing filter does let me put it simply; it makes you outdoor photos better! It is going to increase your color, especially your blues, greens and reds, as well as cutting down on glare and reflection in water, glass, or snow. Like all things in photography it is very much dependent on the light you have available, working most effectively during the early morning and late afternoon hours (however, you will still notice a significant difference in the middle of the day) and not being as effective when it is overcast.
Lets take a close look at the sets of photos below. I have two sets of photos, in each set I took one photo with a polarizing filter and one without. While these aren’t great photos they do in fact show the awesomeness of the polarizing filter. Both of these photos were purposely taken in harsh, bright light to show that even in bad lighting situations you will get results.
So if you want better outdoor photos, just throw a polarizing filter on your lens and be happy.
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