Polarising filters

As previously mentioned, reflections of water can make a good photo great. But sometimes they actually get in the way. If you want to photograph goldfish in a pond, you might find that all you get is a reflection of the sky.

 

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Alternatively, reflections can be a distraction from the main subject of your photo. This is where a polarising filter is useful. The PowerShot G12, G11, G10 and PowerShot SX30 IS feature optional filter adapters for attaching various filters including polarising filters.

Polarising filters can reduce, or even eliminate, reflections. They only work with non-metallic surfaces, such as water, and only when the filter is at an angle of around 45° to the surface, and the filter is rotated to the correct position in front of the lens. This may sound a little complicated but practice will make using it second nature.

A polarising filter can also darken the blue of a sky, making it a very useful accessory for your camera. It is impossible to create all its effects with imaging software.

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Photographs featuring water are always popular in the You Connect Gallery. Now you have read this tutorial, take your camera and capture some great images featuring water. Select your favourites and enter them in the Gallery. Next month your photo could be displayed as one of the best!

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