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Old 11-06-2006, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a polarizing filter and used on an outdoor shoot. But I wasn't 100% sure if I was using it right, and just kind of shot some with it on, and some without.

For those who use a filter like this, when and why do you use it? Indoor or outdoor?

What white balance do you use when using the filter? for the shots I took with the flash, I used the flash white balance setting and it looked pretty good.

Do you need to make other adjustments specifically for the filter? White balance, ISO, shutter speed etc?

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Old 11-06-2006, 08:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The polarizing filter is used for reducing reflections and to enhance color saturation that is reduced by the sun light. They are used usually outdoors. They are more effective when the light is coming in from about a 90 degree angle. The white balance should not be dictated by the filter, but your exposure may be effected. With photography being subjective, experiment with it and see what you like. Here is a link with some information.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...larizers.shtml
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Usually you can rotate a polarizing filter to get rid of reflections or to enhance the sky or foliage, etc. Did you experiment in that area? Obviously the filter will affect the exposure settings, but if you are in AV, TV or P mode, then the camera will take care of the changes for you. I don't usually find any WB issues.
The real question is why did you get the filter? In other words, what was it about the outdoor photos that you were taking that you felt the polarizing filter would help with? Were you having problems with reflections? Did you feel your sky shots did not have the sky saturated enough? Questions like that?
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