Polarising filter and skies

By Ian Middleton

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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:

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

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 two images above, which I still have. I also now use a Kase magnetic filter that came with their K9 filter holder. You can see what I think of this in the video below.

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.

Watch my video on using the Kase polarising filter for skies and more defined clouds

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