UV/Haze and Circular Polarizing Filters

Shooting photography presents itself with a lot of different scenarios. Whether you shoot during the day, at night, indoors or outdoors, moving or stationary objects…all of these things and many more need to be taken into consideration before leaving the house. Filters are a good way to help enhance a photo and obtain the results you desire without having to do too much post processing. One of the most common filters is the UV/Haze filter. This is a clear filter that serves to protect the lens as well as filter out ultraviolet light which can cause images to be hazy. I almost always have a UV filter on my camera lens. Another filter which I have relied on often is the Polarizing filter, or more specifically the Circular Polarizer filter. It serves to darken skies in some images but what I have found most useful is its ability to reduce reflections. A lot of times when I am shooting architecture, both interior and exterior, inevitably a surface will create a reflection which is undesirable. By rotating the Circular Polarizer, through the lens you can witness the unwanted reflection diminish or disappear. Using this filter helps to eliminate an excessive amount of Photoshop retouching after the shoot. While in my experience, I have come to rely on both the UV and Polarizer filters, however, there are a variety of filters out there and I would encourage any aspiring photographer to experiment with them.