DSLR Wine Photos: Why Drop $100+ on a Polarizing Filter?
One Filter You Need
With modern digital cameras and processing software, the need for special filters has largely been eliminated. There’s a filter that can’t be replicated by either your camera or post-processing software: a circular polarizing filter. This is the one additional filter you should pack.
Polarizing filters excel at eliminating reflections and glare and are generally useful for landscape photos on sunny days.
Wine Glass Photography
A polarizing filter can also be key to photos around water and glass. Like wine glasses! Your main goal in a wine glass photo is to highlight the qualities of the wine. Beautiful color, a particularly striking color change at the edge. You’ll often want to show the glass as well, but pesky reflections can get in the way of a nice image. A polarizing filter will help control and sometimes completely eliminate unwanted reflections.
When you decide to buy your polarizing filter, make sure you get a circular polarizing filter, as the older linear polarizing filter interferes with the autofocus system on your camera. Buy a high quality filter as you’ll have it a long time. Lower quality filters sometimes introduce unwanted reflections, and that’s what you’re trying to control!