Photographing cars with polarizer will change your life
Here’s how a normal polarizer will make photos of the cars a masterpiece.
For many of us, photography is something more than just a mundane shot of the world on a smartphone. For some of us photography is a hobby, and maybe even a profession. Unfortunately, we don’t all know how to take pictures.
Especially if we are fans. Indeed, in this case we do not need to buy special expensive equipment for photography. But when it comes to shooting cars, many of us begin to realize that to make even more or less quality picture, need not only knowledge but also additional equipment. In the end, we put up those pictures that in the end is how it is. But did you know that you can dramatically change the quality of the photographs of cars, spending a little money? And most interestingly, you will not need to have a ton of knowledge in the field of photography.
Some of us, probably, in the childhood was fond of a Polaroid camera. Personally I in the childhood liked to go with this camera on the street and photographing. It was real magic. Later I got my first semi-professional SLR camera, which dipped me into the world of Amateur photography. Then I had a more expensive camera.
But you know, regardless of class photography there is only one thing that had a significant impact on my shooting. Especially cars. We are talking about a polarizing filter. When I first bought this thing, I was amazed how it can change the quality of the pictures. Especially when photographing cars.
Today I can’t even imagine shooting without this thing. There is no way back.
Polarizing filter, or polarizer mainly affects how the camera captures the reflection and glare. If you are shooting reflective objects, like water or cars, the effect of glare can be terribly dramatic. In practice, setting the polarizer on your camera, you not only get protection from glare, but additionally protect the optics of the camera from dirt and scratches.
Cars are usually the hardest to shoot in midday when the sun is directly over the roof of the car. Yes, of course, you could technically choose to shoot another time. But when there is no selection, then the glare on the photos of the car taken at noon, you are guaranteed. Also if the car is clean, you are guaranteed in the photos the reflection of the sky on the glass and paint coating body.
To purchase a polarizer, I did not come immediately. First I tried how to remove this gadget, taking the filter from a friend of the photographer. In the end, the result exceeded all my expectations.
Here is an example of car photography, shot using a polarizing filter:
And here is a photo without him:
This filter has changed my world of photos. Suddenly the annoying “hot” reflections in the windshields of cars disappeared. In fact, the windshield of the car in the picture is almost invisible. Appears depth.
If you have no filter, buy cheap. Believe me, you will be surprised how it will change your images of cars. It’s like magic. Want to remove the interior of the car through closed window? Not a problem. With the polarizer you can easily remove the interior of any machine so that the pictures do not glare that always give closed Windows when shooting in any season, day or night and in any weather.
Moreover, the filter mounted on the camera lens, is an additional “insurance policy” for optics that will protect it from dirt, crumbs or damage.
But the main thing is, of course, the quality of shooting. Because this filter now anyway, keeping the sun to shoot cars. Buying a filter, you gain more control over your car pictures.
By the way, even if you are a professional, you can now easily learn whether you have used a polarizing filter when shooting cars. Many of you probably never paid attention and some did not know why their pictures don’t look perfect. Now you know.
You can of course be problems with the testing of the optical filter before purchase. I understand that you may not be a friend who’ll let you borrow for testing filter. But don’t worry. Today the market is inundated with cheap polarizers. Especially a lot of them on EBAY, AliExpress. There you can buy a filter for less than 1000 rubles. Yes, that would be a perfect polarizer, but believe me, for a quality semi-professional shots of the car for you.
So you should definitely try a polarizing filter for your camera, if you still no such a cheap gadget.