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Using A Circular Polarizer & Other Photography Tips From A Pro - Oh Snaps

Rolando Manluctao
Jul 1, 2009
Photographers: Michael Salac, Androo Reyes
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Circular Polarizer
You're all set to shoot your buddy's freshly washed and waxed project car. You scouted an ideal location all week, met up with him at the perfect time of day, and your camera is already mounted to your tripod ready for that money shot. After a few snaps, you notice that the car looks great, but the windshield looks like a white sunshade was unfolded and perched on the dash. What did you forget?

Polarizer's have been used for years in outdoor photography. For automotive photographers, this filter is a necessary tool to fight window and paint reflections that can occur at almost any time of day. With a polarizer, the reflections can be cut out of the photo, and a higher degree of contrast is achieved.

In the past, linear polarizer's were the weapon of choice for most film photographers. With the digital SLR revolution in full swing, users should be aware that most linear polarizers will in fact clash with the auto focus and metering programs that the majority of DSLR's currently use. That's where the circular polarizer or "CP filter" comes into play. Very affordable and produced by a number of well known photo equipment suppliers, the CP filter is available for a number of lens sizes and should be one of the first tools an automotive photographer adds to his arsenal.

Just a few of the manufacturers that offer CP filters for your DSLR camera:

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All Honda Tuning magazine Oh Snaps! submissions must be Honda or Acura-related. Only high-resolution, non-watermarked images will be eligible for prizes. Honda Tuning magazine reserves the right to crop, resize, enhance, and remove watermarks from all submissions. All submissions must be accompanied by complete contact information including the photographer's name, phone number, shipping address, e-mail address, and website address (if applicable). Only submissions with complete contact information will be eligible for prizes. Eligible Oh Snaps! winners' photography will be selected by the Honda Tuning staff and printed in subsequent issues at the discretion of the editorial staff. Photographer credit will be displayed with all published images. Honda Tuning magazine reserves the right to publish Oh Snaps! submissions at its discretion for any and all Oh Snaps! photo contest purposes. Reimbursement is neither expressed nor implied for any Oh Snaps! photo submissions. Coinciding with each 2009 Honda Tuning issue, one winner will receive a Mothers car care package and automatically be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Honda Tuning Oh Snaps! Photog Search Grand Prize drawing winners will be named in the July and Winter issues and will be eligible for paid freelance photography opportunities with Honda Tuning magazine. Honda Tuning On Snaps! Grand Prize winners will be subjected to the standard terms and conditions outlined in Source Interlink Media's standard Freelance Photographer Agreement. Good luck!

By Rolando Manluctao
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