Photo Tip: 3 Reasons To Use A Circular Polarizer

Photo Tip: 3 Reasons To Use A Circular Polarizer

By |2015-12-31T17:31:15+00:00Nov 19th, 2015|

I recently headed out to a local creek in the Columbia River Gorge to create a photo tip video illustrating the benefits of using a circular polarizer. Next to a 3-stop Neutral Density filter, the Circular Polarizer is my most used lens accessory. Its benefits are immense, especially for outdoor photography. I’ve been a longtime fan of Formatt-Hitech’s Firecrest filters because they provide the most neutral results out of any filters I’ve used.

So, take a few minutes and check out this quick Photo Tip video and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get access to all of my other videos!


  1. Marinus H.B. Vesseur November 19, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Only works with polarized light, though, such as sunlight. It will not work inside if the lighting is artificial.

    • Alexander Panzeri November 22, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

      You right, but if you have a reflection on water or glass you should, and also some time it’s useful for street lights some time with some funny effects…

      • Brian Matiash November 22, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

        Yup – None of these reasons are meant to be taken as wholesale. They’re general guidance. Your growth will show in the way you master things, like a circular polarizer, and know when it’s appropriate to use and when it may be better off left in your camera bag. :)

    • Charles Carrigan November 22, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Any light can be polarized, not just sunlight. Light coming from highly reflective surfaces tends to be highly polarized, no matter the light source and no matter what surface is reflecting the light. So yes, it will work inside with artificial light just the same as it does outdoors with the sun.

  2. Charles Carrigan November 22, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I love shooting with a polarizing filter. It’s absolutely my favorite accessory, primarily because of how well it cuts down the intensity of blue sky. Clouds pop out and come alive against the deeper blue.

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