Tutorials: Water Photography

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.



Alternatively, reflections can be a distraction from the main subject of your photo. This is where a polarising filter is useful.

This filter can reduce, or even eliminate, reflections. It only works 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 EOS. It is impossible to create all its effects with imaging software.

Enter the Gallery
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!

1  2  3  4

Photographic Composition
Video photography
Water photography
Landscape photography
Black and white photography
Action photography
Christmas portrait photography