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a type of filter used to reduce oblique reflections and increase color saturation

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Is there an optimal order when using both polarized and ND filters on a lens? [duplicate]

I'm using Sony a6500 with Sigma f1.4 16mm lens and I have recently bought a ND 6-stops filter and a polarizer filter. I have read that in some cases it is recommended to use both of them. Is there any ...
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Cross-polarization with multiple lights, multiple cameras on large objects in 360

I'm trying to utilize cross-polarization to eliminate reflections on objects. I use linear polarizing filters on multiple light sources (polarized lights are my only light sources, no bounce lights) ...
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Photographing paintings, what light mods to use and what how to set up linear polarizing filters?

I need to photograph a painting for archival purposes. It has some texture, but not a lot. I have a linear PF for my lens, but I think I need the LPF sheets/gels to go over the strobes. Question: Do I ...
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Would a polarizer filter work on the ipad camera to stop screen glare reflections on eyeglasses?

Would a polarizer filter work on the ipad camera to stop screen glare on eyeglasses? Or would screen glare reflections still be present on the eyeglasses?
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Are polarizers effective against reflections from glass?

I have seen this question asked here How do I get rid of reflections on vertical glass fronts? I wonder if the same polarizer filters we use for making the underwater look clear instead of the sky ...
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What kind of polarizer do I get for a wide-angle 65 mm lens?

I have a Nikon D7500 and it came with a cheap Xit "pro series 0.43x high definition wide angle 55mm lens". The lens cap that fits the Xit is 65mm diameter (Ø65 is printed in the cap). I'm ...
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Polarizing filter - degree of polarization vs polarizing sunglasses?

I thought a polarizing filter only lets through light of one polarity. Thus if I have 2 polarizing sunglasses and look through both superimposed and rotate one it should completely block light at 90 ...
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How do I remove specular reflection from metal and plastic glasses product photos?

I'm trying to take product photos of some eye glasses. The glasses are metal and plastic. For these photos, the LENSES are REMOVED so they do not constitute a problem. I am trying to photograph the ...
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How to test two polarising filters against each other?

I bought 2 CPL polarising filters from the same manufacturer with the same characteristics. One is medium level and one is their highest level. The difference between them, as noted by the ...
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Vignetting after using circular polarizer and cokin system

I have Nikon D750 camera with a lens having a focal length from 24-70mm and lens diameter 72mm. I have bought a circular polarizer and Cokin P system filters with a wide-angle filter holder. But there ...
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Why don't circular polarizers reduce light transmission by just one stop?

I assume that an ideal circular polarizing filter should cut light transmission by exactly half – i.e., 1 stop – because every photon has (on average, with respect to a filter) either one of two ...
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Polarizing filter for TLR camera (Flexaret VII)

I recently purchased a Flexaret VII camera and now looking for polarizing filters. I could find color filters but not polarizing. Is there any alternative on the market, as I can't find any ...
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Why does a polarizer lead to these strange visuals above the clouds?

I was on a plane recently and took a few pictures from the window. I had the polarizer on initially, and observed this circular rainbow effect: . What is the reason for this?
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Can a circular polarizing lens (CPL) be rotated to end up completely without any effect

From what I've read and watched, a CPL can cut reflections/glare and increase saturation (mainly the blues). Also, these effects can be adjusted by simply rotating the filter. What is not being ...
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Can I use a polarizing filter on a non-STM lens?

Almost every single review of an STM lens mentions the following: The front end doesn't rotate while focusing, which is great for using a polar filter. Does this mean that I can't use a ...
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Polarization and Rainbows

Why when I use a polarized lens if I turn it one way the rainbow disappears and the other way it brings it out better to the point you can see the second double rainbow when the naked eye can't? Is ...
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Can I stack ND Filter and Polarizer together?

I've seen some images of long exposure photography with a polarizing filter. I was wondering if I could use an ND and a polarizer together. Will the polarizer have the same effect? Will the image ...
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What causes this pattern? [closed]

What causes the pattern seen on the image (it is a still from a video)? This doesn't seem to be a Moiré. It seems to be largely related to the camera or the filter (the pattern is fixed and aligned ...
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What is this triangle indicator on my circular polarizing filter?

I bought a circular polarizing filter, to take some shots of people on a balcony with a city skyline behind them on a bright-but-cloudy day. However, I've never used a CPL before and don't know what ...
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How to use a square polarizing filter?

I have just been left some photography equipment. The item is made up of two parts: a flat square and a circular piece together with a holder and a number of adaptor rings. I am used to the circular ...
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How an HD polarizing filter make the difference as compared to a normal one?

I have a Nikon d7200 with 18-140mm lens. Should I buy a HD Circular polarizing filter or a normal circular polarizing filter?
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Cross Polarization: Are linear and circular polarizers compatible?

Can cross-polarization be achieved with two linearly polarized (flash) lamps; one either side of a circularly polarized lens? Lens attachments tend to be circularly polarized, while the PVA sheets ...
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What is the difference between slim and regular polarizer filters? [duplicate]

I have recently purchased Nikon D7200 with an 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. But I am confused whether to buy a slim or regular filter — which will be appropriate for my lens?
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Why do polarising filters only work in one direction?

So I bought a polarising filter yesterday that has a dial you can turn to increase/decrease the polarisation effect and mount directly onto the lens. I also have an old polarising filter that was one ...
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Is the Cokin 173 filter just a backwards CPL?

The Cokin "Varicolor" 173 filter is a polarization filter of sorts that they sell for their various filter systems. Apparently its purpose is to provide some sort of polarization-dependent blue/yellow ...
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Polarizers: Linear vs Circular. How does it affect a photo? [duplicate]

Trying to decide which type of polarization filter I should get. Some information I've read suggests that there is no difference and that a circular polarizer is just an ordinary linear polarizer, ...
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General purpose opitcal filter for blocking any light

This image shows a polarizer: It's only blocking certain light waves. Is there a filter which blocks all light waves (like a shutter) but which is "controlled" (by manual rotation) like the ...
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Why there aren't polarizer filter for instant camera?

I own a Polaroid 600 and I couldn't be able to find it. So I thought there may be a process that doesn't let it use it.
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When stacking filters, how much larger than the lens thread diameter should they be to avoid vignetting?

I want to do long exposure photography but I am not willing to shell the dollars for a good 100mm filter kit. I am now considering a cheaper solution using circular filters. I want to be able to ...
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How to properly polarize studio lighting

We've built out a small 3 camera video studio, but we have a big issue. On the wall we have a large TV used for presentations. We have 4 Flolight fluorescent light fixtures hung from the lighting ...
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Are linear polarizers more effective than circular for mitigating glare from glass?

I frequently shoot inside of museums that have glass or plexiglass or acrylic display cases. A huge problem is reflections from the glass spoiling the image. The reflections include both overhead ...
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Ok to use linear polarizers with mirrorless OM-D?

I have read that it is ok to use a linear polarizer with mirrorless cameras because they do not use a beam splitter to do metering, so the polarizer will not confuse the auto exposure. However, the ...
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Why do polarizers cause vignetting?

I notice that especially with wide angle lenses, polarizing filters have a tendency to cause vignetting. Why is this?
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Where can I find a Prizm Polarized filter?

Recently I have purchased Prizm sun glasses, and the moment I used them outdoors I was shocked with the result. Words cannot describe the beauty of colors and differences between Polarized and Prizm. ...
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Can I put a polarizer between an adapter for slot-in filters and the lens?

Recently I came across a set of slot-in filters with decent quality and price, but the main downside was the use of a polarisation filter. It requires a 105mm filter, which costs a fortune. Isn't it ...
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How to "NOT" photograph reflections on water

Is there any lens filter or any other technique, that I can use to photograph lakes, oceans or any water source, without the reflections on it? Every photo of a water source can be seen with a ...
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How can I reduce reflections in a glass corner?

I am a photography novice, and am trying to understand how polarizing filters and light reflections work. I'm trying to understand how to reduce reflections in a glass corner. The context is trying ...
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Do I need more than one ND filter?

I am asking myself whether I need more than one ND filter for my desired areas of application, which are: portrait photography in (very) sunny environments (no wedding etc.; basically familiy ...
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What's the right size of Polarizer and how do I know if it works with my camera? [duplicate]

I've just recently joined the world of photography with a DSLR camera and need some help. I was looking into polarizer filter lens and they come in different sizes, how do I know which one fits my ...
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Is it okay to use an adapter to put a 52mm filter on a 55mm thread size lens?

I am a Nikon guy and all of the lens I use are 52mm filter thread size. I have relatively expensive filters and they are all 52mm. I was looking around for a compact zoom lens and found the 55-200mm. ...
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Polarizer filter for a Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens? [duplicate]

I have this lens, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM: I would like to purchase a polarizing filter for the lens but I can't seem to find one. A quick search on Amazon, for example, yields plenty of 49mm and 52mm ...
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Why do AF systems have polarizing elements?

According to Wikipedia, autofocus systems contain linearly polarizing elements. What role does the polarizing element play in the AF system? I have a basic understanding of "phase detection" AF, and ...
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Can a circular polariser be used with a UV filter? [duplicate]

I recently bought a new circular polariser and found an old UV (Haze) filter from the '90s from an old camera of ours. I was wondering whether there are any adverse effects of combining these two ...
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How do I choose a polarizing filter?

Some time ago I bought a polarizing filter for my GoPro and I was pretty amazed by how it can change the resulting image when I turn the filter on top of the lense. Then I bought a DSLR and also ...
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Nikon D3300 DSLR newbie: Which circular polariser [duplicate]

I am a newbie at DSLR photography and still trying to get my head around the various filters one can buy. I currently have the default 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-P VR Lens and the Tamron 70-300mm Lens. I ...
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Pros and cons of circular polarizer filter vs a linear one [duplicate]

There are some similar questions like What is the difference between a linear and a circular polarizer? but I am thinking of a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of the two types of filters. For ...
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Quickly Move A Circular Polariser Between Lenses

I have sausage fingers and often shoot in cold and wind. I have a 77mm circular polariser and rings that I leave on my lenses that step them up to 77mm. I find screwing and unscrewing the polariser an ...
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Polarizing filter works only by rotating camera

I have an olympus E-PL1 mirrorless camera. I recently got a Hoya HD circular polarizer for use with a wide angle lens. Using it, I initially found that there was no varying polarizing effect as I turn ...
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Circular polarizer works great at shorter focal lengths, but significantly degrades the image at longer lengths. Why?

I bought a cheap CP recently to play around with, and noticed an interesting phenomenon: Using it with my 24mm lens on full-frame, images turn out tack-sharp - there is hardly any difference in ...
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Is my CPL faulty?

I recently a got a CPL filter for my camera. It is manufactured by a company called Massa. I tired playing around with it but never figured it out. The only thing it is does is make my photo yellowish....
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