Ok, so I've had a few people ask me about my technique for shooting nature, particularly photos involving water.
In this example I was shooting a creek with slightly overcast sky conditions at about 5pm. So the light illuminating the creek and the forest was more or less almost directly overhead, which is not that great as it flattens out the image and creates unflattering shadows everywhere.
1. I always, ALWAYS use a circular polarizer filter for any shots involving water. As you can see the image on top (no CPL) has way less distracting reflections in the water. There is also a slight increase in contrast and a lot more detail revealed in the creek.
There might be the 1% chance that I find that using a CPL does not really work with a particular setting, but 99% it will always work for me.
2. My personal preference when photographing water is the silky smooth/ foggy effect. To achieve this look the camera shutter speed has to be set at 2 seconds or longer and obviously be rock solid on a tripod. In some cases if its sunny a neutral density filter will be needed to act like sunglasses and let in less light so the shutter speed can be brought down.
3. So what kind of filters I use? First of, the 20$ "filters" on eBay are complete garbage and should not even be considered. Seriously, they are a joke. Lets say I have a camera that is worth 2,000$ and in front of my 2,000$ camera is a 1,000$ lens. So does it make any sense at all to go and buy a low quality, cheap Chinese 20$ filter and stick it right in front of my camera and lens? No way, I don't think so. I personally use the German made B+W CPL and B+W ND filters, which are great! http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/10889-REG/B_W_66_045620_77mm_Kaeseman_Circular_Polarizing.html
The example image is straight out of camera, no editing. #photoshop #lightroom #photography #tutorial #nature #canon #CPL