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Old Jul 26, 2018, 9:02 AM   #1
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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?


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Old Jul 26, 2018, 12:58 PM   #2
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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.
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So, I'll been needing that trusty tripod once again!





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You are very kind.
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