I went down to the lake the other day. It was a beautiful sunny summer’s day. I took a few snaps, nothing record breaking, but I did find a good example of why a polariser is a must for any photographer.
Most people tell you that a polariser is used to remove reflections and darken skies. That’s true enough, but the reason I use a polariser is for the added colour boost you get.
Here is an example.
This photo is taken with no polariser.
And this photo is taken with a polariser.
Quite a difference huh…. and its no shabby lens, this was with the Canon 135mm 2.0L lens. You can notice much improved colour, and less bokeh highlights.
I use two brands of polariser myself. In the above example I used a B+W XS-Pro KSM C-POL MRC nano filter. I highly recommend the B+W filters. I have two, and they are excellent. I recommend going for the KSM nano coated ones, even if they are a bit more expensive. The other brand I would recommend is the Breakthrough Photography X4 CPL filter. I supported Breakthrough via a Kickstarter campaign, and I was one of the first to get one in Australia. It’s a great filter which also uses Schott glass and has even better saturation than the B+W filters. Both these filters have a slim brass construction. I plan to do a short review of the Breakthrough filter soon.
For more information about the filters I use, see here: