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At what point do you remove a Polarizer?


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#1 Gene Sung

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 02:50 AM

Obviously, for wide, sunny exteriors a Polarizer is a nice thing to have.

 

But when talent / humans are involved on said exteriors, at what point do you guys ditch the Polarizer as I know they can kill the specularity on faces (medium, medium wide, etc...)??

 

I have my theories, but want to see what others think.

 

Thanks

 

 


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#2 Gene Sung

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 09:40 AM

Sorry if my question is not well worded. 

 

For example, when outside shooting a sunny day, Medium shot portrait of a person where there's a good bit of blue sky still, would you leave the polarizer on to help make the sky pop? Or does polarizer effect the talent skin enough at this point to remove it?

 

Are polarizers generally consider bad when the talent takes up considerable framing in the shot? 


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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 10:22 AM

I don't know - I'd usually think that keeping the shine off people's faces is a good thing, unless it's a scene where people need to be seen to work hard and sweat a lot.

 

A human face can present a sufficiently complex reflective surface that a polariser won't necessarily do that, anyway.

 

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#4 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 12:11 PM

I generally only use a polarizer when I need to lessen a reflection in a car windshield, or a window. I don't like to use them indiscriminately, as their effect varies with the angle of the camera, and so is not consistent from shot to shot.


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