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Old 01-19-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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Reflection reduction in Focus photos.....

Many good Focus photos are degraded by reflections in the windows or on the paint. It's happened to me as well. With the typical digital camera there's not much you can do about it, other than change your angle, move the car, wait for a cloud, etc. But if you can fit a polorizing filter, you can reduce reflections.

Recently I bought a new camera than has a threaded edge on the lens....you can screw on filters. I found a 46-52mm adapter so I can use all my Nikon 35mm filters. It's a Fuji S700 from Circuit City on clearance for $130. Here's what I'm talking about......the first photo uses no filter. The second photo uses the polorizing filter. No other changes to the photos were made.





Now is is an example of a very bad reflection. The filter was unable to remove everything, but the reflection was reduced significantly. With a less extreme reflection, the filter might be able to remove the whole thing.

Anyway.....from now on, all my car photos will be made with this filter. Take the thing off in low-light conditions, and when you use a flash. But it will help many of your photos.


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Old 01-19-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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Thats Good Info
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If you've never used a polorizing filter before....It's a little different from a normal screw-on filter. You screw the thing on like a normal filter. But then the outer edge of the filter rotates. You watch the viewfinder, and turn the outer ring until the reflection is reduced as much as possible, or until you like the view.

It can also serve an an ND filter (neutral density).....on bright days it reduces the amount of light that can get through. It is a very useful tool to carry with your camera outfit.
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Also polarizer filters work best at 90 degree angle to the sun. And because the glass is curved it makes it even ore difficult to reduce it. Try standing parallel to the car when the sun is at its highest in the sky and see what happens.
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I love polarizer filters ... They work great outside with bright blue skies.

And the moment you start using filters ... you begin to find there are tons of Filter effects you can do ... like (a bluish tint filter, the popular gradient filter, and so on) and they are actually not to expensive either.

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most of the other filters can be re-created in PS though. however the CPL is an awesome filter. i have it on my sigma 10-20 for car photos and it is great! i have the HOYA CPL. if you have the money to spend on it, i definitely recommend it more than the cheap brand x ones
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