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FaithfulPastor Jul 26, 2018 8:02 AM

Using a Circular Polarizing Filter
I recently took some photos of some mountains while I was on vacation.

There was some haze in the photo which gave me a lot of blue and also muted the colors of the landscape.

I was told that my photos might have turned out better if I had used a circular polarizing filter. Is that true? Will that filter actually eliminate some or all of the haze?

Faithfullly yours,


TCav Jul 26, 2018 11:58 AM

Haze is airborne particles that all by themselves reflect light, and often serve as a platform upon which humidity will condense, which greatly enhances it's ability to reflect light.

Light reflected from nonmetallic surfaces is polarized, so a polarizing filter will reduce the amount of reflected light.

So, yes.

But you should know that polarizing filters reduce the amount of transmitted light by 1 to 3 stops, so you'll need to use slower shutter speeds and/or larger apertures to make up the difference.

FaithfulPastor Jul 26, 2018 4:07 PM

So, I'll been needing that trusty tripod once again!


Thanks TCav, you're the best!

TCav Jul 26, 2018 4:45 PM

You are very kind.

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