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Power up with a Polarizing Filter


 © John Bentham

When shooting outside in daylight a Polarizing filter is very helpful. This is especially so whenever shooting in and around bodies of water. A polarizing filter reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the water allowing you to see into the water itself, adding depth and rich deep colors. The contrasting elements of this photo, the bright aqua water and the dark skinned girl are what make this a striking image. These same elements make this a tricky shot.The exposure meter in your camera will be fooled by the contrast and bright areas. To get the correct exposure you should take a test shot or two and adjust your exposure using the +/- compensation feature to get the balance right between the water and the swimmer.


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