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Photography Woe

I have a polarizer that I can't seem to figure out. So I YouTubed it to see what I wasn't getting. Seemed pretty straight forward, so I attached it to the lens and out I went - mid dayish, sunny & bright. Still not seeming to get it to work. I really can't tell any difference through the viewfinder as I turn the polarizer~ I know it's not a huge difference, but I could see it in the video :(. When I got home- some were really dark, others lighter, but nothing I could tell through the viewfinder when I took it. I'm pretty sure this is user error.

Nevertheless I did get a couple of a pocket of rural area here in Billings, sandwiched in between commercial and residential area's. I saw this field yesterday as I bicycled along the path perfectly colored. I should really go again in the early morning when the sun's rising.


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Jul. 12th, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
The polarizer works best on reflections on water or glass. But to get the best results, your camera should be at a certain angle to the surface. I think it's about a 45 degree angle. Straight at the glass won't help much.

They also work well on blue sky. But the bluer the sky, the more striking the difference. Pale sky near the horizon won't change much at all.

You have to spin the polarizer so the glass is oriented properly for your subject. This makes it a little problematic to use on sky with a very wide angle lens.

Jul. 12th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sure I wasn't at 45 degrees - more like 90-ish. I had it on my Zoom (18-200) lens, although I didn't know it wouldn't work as well on a wide angle -thnx for that, I was wanting to buy one for that lens and will fore-go that.

'spin the polarizer so the glass is oriented properly for your subject' - if I can't see any difference in the viewfinder, how do I know whether it's oriented properly?
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, that's a problem. You should easily be able to see a difference in the color of the sky. With strong reflections on glass or water, you should be able to see it without having to strain your eyes. Other difference would be less obvious.

So is it not working? Have you not figured out what you're watching for? Or... ?

The polarizer clashes with my polarized sunglasses, so when I'm wearing them, I have to push them down and look over them. I can't see real well without them, but can still make out the color change in the sky, and usually see strong reflections.
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