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Old March 16th, 2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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I have struggled to get the color right with beach photos with my SLR. My Cannon came with UV filters which I always kept on, but when i took them off i noticed the color was much richer in the pictures.

Here are 2 pictures taken - 1 with the UV and one without. Same lense in almost the same area on the beach. The color pops a lot more in #2 and is more true to how it was.

I just read about polarized fileters. has anyone used these?
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ive seen pictures with polarized filters there is definately quite a difference.
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Polarized filters are awesome in my opinion. If getting one you want a circular polarized filter (CPL) for a digital body, something to do with the focusing mirrors.

A note on the image differences also, you may want to look at the white balance settings for each photo. The camera body may have changed the WB setting which would cause different colors completely.
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Polarized filters are awesome in my opinion. If getting one you want a circular polarized filter (CPL) for a digital body, something to do with the focusing mirrors.

A note on the image differences also, you may want to look at the white balance settings for each photo. The camera body may have changed the WB setting which would cause different colors completely.
Thanks, I believe i had the WB manually set the same setting both pictures. I usually manually set it.
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Looks like the angle of the sunlight more than anything. First one the sun is in front of you, or directly above, and is skimming off the water, creating reflections that are hiding the color of the water. Also, the excess light hitting the lens is decreasing your exposure time and desaturating the sky.

The second one, you have turned a little and the sun is more behind you, so you aren't getting the reflection on the waters surface, and the sun isn't hitting the lens directly.

The filter, being out in front of the lens, could also be catching some sunlight and making things worse. Think about when you shield your eyes in direct sunlight to see better.

Overly white images, like bright beaches, or snow, tend to screw up exposures because your cameras meter is programmed to expose 18% grey correctly. When you have alot of white, it tends to underexpose and turn white things muddy. Always open up a 1/2 to a whole stop when you are looking at an image that is predominately light/white.
One more reason to shoot manual.
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30 seconds in lightroom and both of those could match perfectly!
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30 seconds in lightroom and both of those could match perfectly!
That's what I was thinking.
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