Camera tip: Use a polarizing filter

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

The day that I decided to graduate to a DSLR and purchase my Canon Rebel, I was anxious to make sure that I had all of the equipment, within reason, to take an amazing photo.

Luckily I had a very patient and helpful camera salesman who listened to me explain what I wanted to achieve with my camera. Thankfully, he zeroed in on the fact that I intended to take the majority of my photos outdoors and then helped me to understand the unparalleled benefits of investing in a polarizing filter.

Polarizing filter? (I didn’t know what this was)

This is what the filter looks like.

My definition: a slim round piece of glass that threads on to the end of your lens to take away glare and enrich the colors of your outdoor photos. Below is a visual aid to demonstrate the difference this lens can make.

You can see how the colors are more saturated inside the filter ring.

I take a lot of my photos near the water on sunny days and the intense glare that water creates can distort your picture. Grass can take on a yellow hue and anything that is white becomes blinding.

The polarizing filter fixes this. Here are more visual examples.

This was taken on a very bright day but the filter took away any glare.

I love this filter. It has enhanced my photos more than I could have imagined. If you love to take photos outdoors and don’t have one, I hope that I have been able to point you in the right direction!



Taking the mystery out of photography

January 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

These are some of my favorite photos. I love that the subjects are clear and that the background is quietly out of focus.

I’ve tried for an embarrassingly long time to figure out this photography technique. As it turns out, it is very simple. If you have agonized with this as well and you are a visual learner, you might appreciate this tip.

Whether you have a point and shoot or a fancy SLR, you can achieve some level of this effect by following a few tips.

I personally use a Canon Rebel XS with an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens II however previous to this camera I used a Canon PowerShot G5 which is also an amazing but non SLR camera. Of course camera quality and a great lens makes a huge difference but chances are that if you are utilizing your camera to its fullest potential, you can turn out some amazing photos with a little practice. For point and shoot cameras remember to switch from Auto mode to Portrait to attain this type of picture.

Canon Rebel XS ($499) Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II lens ($100)

If you enjoyed this post, please be sure to check back on Thursdays for more visual photography tips!


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