Useful Photography Tip #199: How to Dehaze a Photo In Camera, No Post!

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Lots of photographers will teach you tutorials about how to get more details out of a scene in post-production. But the truth is that you don’t need it. Instead, we believe in the philosophy of getting rid of the problem to begin with. Lots of you who use Adobe Lightroom know about using the Dehaze tool and all it does. Indeed, when it launched it really was pretty innovative, and in some ways it can still prove very useful. But to be honest, you don’t need it. Instead, there’s a little thing that photographers have been using for years to get rid of haze, boost color, and enhance clarity right in camera.

The key to all of this is a simple tool: a Polarizer. Specifically, circular polarizers help you to dial in just the right amount of dehaze that you wish in the same way that the slider would in Lightroom. Does it mean that you need to carry one more thing on you? Sure. But alternatively, you could just always have it stuck to the front of your camera’s lens. It’s like dehaze but in real life! Make sure you’re using a circular polarizer and not a polarizer/ND filter combo. If you have an ND built in then you’re going to cut down on available light. That could, in turn, affect the autofocus negatively. Instead, just have the polarizer.

Using a circular Polarizer, you’ll be able to cut down on glare in the same way that polarizing sunglasses do. The difference is that the coatings on polarizing film and glasses don’t work anywhere as well as a dedicated filter. Further, ensuring that your filter is clean will get you the most details in your photo. The extra added benefit is even better coloring. You’ll make portraits pop, landscapes shine with color, find details in seascapes, and so much more.