If you want to get serious with your landscape photography, one of the things you should endeavor to learn is how to use filters to enhance the quality and the look of your photos. Most times, even with the best camera, you may not get exactly what you need; post-processing of the image will help you to make certain adjustments in order to make the photo more attune with your needs. However, it is more important that you make the necessary adjustments at the time of capture to give you something more special to work with when it is time for post-processing your photos.
Fortunately, there are tons of filters you can use to get the job done. Some filters such as neutral density, polarizers, and graduated neutral density filters can be used to capture your scene in more interesting and creative ways.
If you want to produce more dynamic images, this short tutorial will help you learn a thing or two about how you can use filters during capture to enhance your work.
1. Improve Your Sky Scene with a Polarizer
Polarizers are great, it is one of most important tools every serious photographer must have. These filters work by helping the camera to filter out light that is reflected directly towards the camera at certain angles.
In most cases, when you want to photograph a landscape with a blue sky, haze can mar your work, it can make the sky to be less vibrant. You can solve this problem by using a polarizer filter to minimize the haze. This will also help you to reveal the true blue of the sky. In order to achieve, it is important that you aim your camera at a 90 degree angle from the sun or with the sun to your side.
2. Reveal The Element Underneath the Water with a Polarizer
One problem most photographers encounter when photographing a water body such as a stream or lake is that the light reflects off the water surface in such a way that makes it hard to see what is below the water surface. In most cases, you would want to make your image more interesting by incorporating some elements underneath the surface such as fish, rock, or even logs from fallen trees in your photograph. To achieve this, you can use polarizer to eliminate the reflecting light and reveal what’s beneath the surface.
Note that you don’t have to completely eliminate the reflecting light in order to see what is underneath, you can still retain some reflecting light by rotating the filter just a little bit, this will help you see what’s underneath, retain some reflecting light, and make your photo more colorful.