polarized filter, or shoot in raw
I'm going skiing, and wondering if I should shoot in raw, or use a polarized filter or both? mainly for snow pics, and a little mountain pics with the sky..

Comments (6)

One has nothing to do with the other..

You cannot duplicate the effects of a polarizer by endless photoshoping...

Comment #1

Is it ok to shoot with a polarized filter, while shooting in raw, or will it mess distort the images at all. Thats kind of what I was asking...

Comment #2

Again, it doesn't matter..

It's not clear what you think 'raw' actually means but there is no distortion...

Comment #3

I'd suggest if you don't understand just what a polarizer does you are wasting your time using one. The same could be said for RAW. You need to research these ( entirely separate ) things in more detail..

These things will just complicate your life and you will get no benefit ( and possibly have problems you cannot yourself solve ) if you start trying to mess with them without working with them in advance to gain familiarity..

There's an argument for using a UV filter if you are high up ( more UV ) but I'd suggest leaving the polarizer and RAW for another day. A UV filter is trivial to use, but is not a necessity - it won't make or break your photos. Some people say they are pointless on digital cameras..


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Comment #4

Sjgcit wrote:.

There's an argument for using a UV filter if you are high up ( moreUV.

No there's not. Digital cameras are not sensitive to UV. If anything going higher has the effect of adding a polarizer - the skies get much bluer at high elevations and it's generally more clear..

Now for the photographer, additional UV protection is a must at high elevations. ..

Comment #5

Use a polariser..

If you don't know what it does basicalliy it removes glare from the photo and tends to 'even out' the exposure. the sky will appear darker because of this and anything metallic will not give too much high-light. In other words contrast is improved but don't forget the rotate the polariser to give the required image when composing..

Doubt any software program can give anywhere near the effect of a polariser - and WYSWIG, you can see how it looks when you take the photo. Better to get it right first-off than rely on post processing which, whilst good, cannot improve photos that are bad to begin with...

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