Polarising filter effect on skies

How do we effectively use a polarising filter on skies?

As you can see by the photos above, a polarising filter has a great effect on blue skies. But to achieve this effect to its fullest, the sun must be at a right angle to  your subject. See illustration below:

Polarising filter angle of lighting

So if you haven’t got one, get out there now and add this great filter to your camera kit. I recommend these two makes. I used the Hoya Pro Digital circular polariser for these images.

Check out my other blogs on the subject of polarising filter effects:

Polarizing filter effect on water

Two great effects of a polarizing filter

Get the right size for your lens

Be sure to check the diameter size of your lens so that you buy the right size filter. To do this, look on the front of your lens for the diameter in millimetres. As an example you can see on the righthand side of the lens in the photo here is 77mm.

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Watch my video on how to use a polarising filter for skies and more defined clouds