How to Remove Sky Color Banding in a Photography Polarizer

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Sky color banding in a photography polarizer is a phenomenon that can occur if you aren't careful with your settings. Remove sky color banding in a photography polarizer with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Now, today, I'd like to talk to you about how to remove sky color banding while using a polarizer filter in photography. Now, basically, what the polarizer filter does is it changes the angle of light that enters the camera depending on how you rotate the lens filter. Now, a polarizer is a very common tool use in photography. It can increase saturation as well as cut down on reflections. Now, a problem that a lot of people run into while using a polarizer filter is sky banding. Basically you get a gradient in the sky in your photograph and some people don't like that. Now, this generally happens when you use a wider lens, anywhere from a, a ten millimeter to a 15 millimeter. So, the first option that you have is to just kind of stick with the medium length lens when using a polarizer, maybe a 35 to a 50. But, some people they really want to go wider especially when taking landscape photography and polarizer filters do, they, they look really good with landscape photographies and a lot of people will want to go wide. Unfortunately, a polarizer filter is one of the more expensive filters that, that you can buy and if you want to do something to reduce the sky color banding, you're actually going to have to pay a little bit more and you can purchase a slim polarizer, which this will help on cutting down the banding in the sky. I'm Dan Reinecke and that is how to remove sky color banding while using a polarizer filter in photography. Take your best shot!


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