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.

Useful for general photography, a circular polarizing filter is your wine glass secret weapon.

Useful for general photography, a circular polarizing filter is your wine glass secret weapon.

Polarizing filters excel at eliminating reflections and glare and are generally useful for landscape photos on sunny days.

A polarizing filter will darken the blue sky and make the clouds pop.

A polarizing filter will darken the blue sky and make the clouds pop.

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!

A polarizing filter is worth the space in your smallest travel kit.

A polarizing filter is worth the space in your smallest travel kit.

Comments
5 Responses to “DSLR Wine Photos: Why Drop $100+ on a Polarizing Filter?”
  1. talkavino says:

    very noticeable difference! Looks like I need one!

  2. Diana says:

    I’ve always wondered why it was so important to have! What a difference it makes in that wine glass…

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