A Visual Explanation of What a Polarizing Filter Can Do For Your Images

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A Polarizing filter is best used by landscape photographers. They’re designed to darken skies, negate reflections on water, and cut down on glare. If you happen to be out in melting snow where there are random puddles everywhere that create lots of reflections, a Polarizer can cut them out. They can also be of use to studio photographers who are photographing on sheen surfaces that otherwise reflect lots of light.

This kind of stuff can’t necessarily be removed in Adobe Lightroom by nerfing the Highlights slider or killing the luminance of that specific color channel. It’s something that needs to be done in-camera in order to capture the details to begin with.

After the jump, we share a video on the effects of a Polarizing filter on a scene.