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Today was rainy, and then it was rainy and windy, but what else can I expect in the winter in the Pacific Northwest? Trouble is, I still have to make a living even when it’s raining. Fortunately, I had a willing client and two tools that helped me make the most of the situation. Twist […]

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Panasonic GH4, Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, f/1.2, 1/2000s, ISO 200. Copyright Levi Sim.

We’ve frequently talked about using polarizing filters to make more striking landscape photographs, but they are at least as important for making more vibrant portraits, and cutting your retouching time in half. Let me show you how it works, as well as some general tips. What Does a Polarizer Do? Polarizers reduce the visible affect […]

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When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass.┬áThese examples show how different rotations of the filter can have varying effects […]

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Behind the scenes photo from an iPhone by my patient wife.

I was recently shooting in a museum that had a no tripod rule.  It also seemed to have little budget for lights either as the display cases were pretty dark with a lot of harsh reflections. One of the exhibits had some old cameras and gear.  I had a nostalgic moment when I saw one […]

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Sure a polarizer is basic equipment for most outdoor photographers, but that doesn’t mean everyone who owns a polarizer knows how to get the most out of it. In addition to using polarizers to blue up the sky or cut reflections, here are five tips for getting the most out of your polarizer. 1. Get […]

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I received a question about circular polarizers from Photofocus reader David Katzbeck (as well as several other people in our audience,) so I decided to answer it here on the website. Here’s the question: “What polarizer do you use? If it’s B+W, what are all the different designations all about?” The answer? I use the […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2003 – All Rights Reserved Lots of amateurs tell me that a polarizer is to be used to darken the sky. They often don’t know that a polarizer’s primary duty is to cut reflections – which is why it darkens the sky. You can use a polarizer to show the true color […]

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