9 creative photo ideas to try in September

9 creative photo ideas to try in September 2013

Creative Photo Ideas for September: 03 Shoot amazing skies with a polarising filter

Creative Photo Ideas for September: 03 Shoot amazing skies with a polarising filter

Now if there’s one filter that should be in your kit bag in late summer – particularly if you shoot landscapes – it’s the polariser.

Add one to your lens, give it a twist, and watch harsh reflections fade from the surface of water, or shiny leaves and windows.

A polariser can add richness to a cloud-filled blue sky too, enhancing contrast and boosting the saturation – a quality that Icelandic photographer Þorsteinn H Ingibergsson has exploited to great effect in this shot.

Taken near the town of Stykkishólmur, Þorsteinn has skilfully found the perfect angle to make the most of the punchy sky.

Surprisingly, he tells us that he did not have any problems with vignetting or flare – something that polarisers are prone to when used on wider lenses.

Get started today…
* Polarisers aren’t cheap, so buy one to fit the largest diameter lens you own and use step-up rings to attach it to your other lenses.
* Once attached, make sure you rotate the polariser in the direction in which you screw filters onto the lens – if you turn it the other way, you risk unscrewing it.
* The effect of the filter is strongest at right-angles to the sun. Point your finger at the sun and extend your thumb – now aim your lens in that direction.

Creative Photo Ideas for September: 01 Shoot hot air balloons
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 02 Shoot common household objects
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 03 Shoot amazing skies with a polarising filter
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 04 Shoot a city as a ghost town
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 05 Shoot a summer storm
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 06 Shoot long and short exposures – and blend them
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 07 Shoot a portrait that plays with perspective
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 08 Shoot a late summer scene
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 09 Shoot a black and white landscape

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