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Hi Guys.

Please can you help? I'm new to landscape photography and will be picking up some Cokin ND Grads soon..

My question is can I use a circular polariser with these filters as well or will it degrade the image? For example can I use my CP with the ND Grad to get the benefit of both filters or should I use one or the other?.

Thanks!..

Comments (5)

You can use both together but personally I've never found it necessary - remember that the polariser will usually darken the sky anyway..

Confused of Malvern.

'The greatest fool can ask more than the wisest man can answer'..

Comment #1

Stacking filters is never a good idea. It will degrade the image, but you may not notice it immediately..

The two filters you've mentioned do very different things, and I understand why you want to use both. My opinion would be to decide on which is more important; reduction of glare/increased saturation, or bringing subject brightness ranges under control...

Comment #2

Thanks..

I'll be shooting lakes and mountains so will really want to get the reflection off the water under control so I can bring out the detail under the water - but I will also want to try and control the brightness balance between the sky and land.....

What to do, what to do....?!..

Comment #3

SnappyHappy wrote:.

Thanks..

I'll be shooting lakes and mountains so will really want to get thereflection off the water under control so I can bring out the detailunder the water - but I will also want to try and control thebrightness balance between the sky and land.....

What to do, what to do....?!.

You can do a certain amount of brightness balancing at the pp stage if necessary. If I had to pick one for the situation described it would be a polariser. If you do stack it helps to keep the filters clean and to avoid angles where sunlight is falling on the glass/resin surfaces , using a hand can be suprisingly effective for shading.Shay son of Che..

Comment #4

Agreed with that. You can't duplicate the anti-reflective properties of a polarizer in post, but you can deal with SBR as long as the image hasn't clipped whites or dead blacks...

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