• Daniel Wretham

Lee Filters Landscape Polariser Review

Updated: Aug 9

This week I thought I would do a review of a product that all landscape photographers should own, The polarising filter.

So why should you own one of these ? What can they do to improve your photography ? Can you live without one ?

All questions I hope to be able to answer and give you a bit of background into as well.

Lee Filters Landscape Polariser Review, Landscape Photography, Amazing sunset

What is a Polariser ?

The basics of a polarising filter are pretty simple really, it’s a small filter that goes in front of the lens that when twisted will remove glare from water or shiny surfaces.

This comes in handy more often than you would think and don't for a second feel it is only useful near water because it will aid your exposures on areas like shiny rocks too, not to mention adding beautiful saturation to your images and a real punch.

Have you ever seen those shots where the sky is a beautiful punchy blue colour ? But when you have tried yourself it never comes out quite the same ? Well, chances are the photographer was using a Polarising filter.

The filter itself looks just like a piece of clear flat glass but it is in fact full of what can be described as microscopic slats which manage the light and glare.

Twist it one way and it will block the light, the other and it allows it through. This means that reflections or polarised light can now be blocked out of an image.

There are several bits of software that claim to offer a polarised effect but none of them can actually successfully reproduce the effect of a manual polariser and I wouldn't recommend using them at all, As I've said many times, get it right "in camera" and then you won't need to post process.