Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/25, 1/60 sec.

What do you put on in the summer to cut glare and increase contrast in bright sun? Sunglasses, of course. Why not give your camera the same treatment this summer.

Shooting in the bright, full sun is a nightmare. Some areas are burned out, while others are shaded too much. A polarizing filter is the answer.


Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.

I shot this photo in the bright midday sun. Notice how the sky seems bleached and the building looks too dark.


Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/400 sec.

In this photo, shot moments later with a polarizing filter attached to my prime lens, the sky looks much more blue and the building has more detail. I used AV setting so that the camera would automatically compensate for less light by leaving the shutter open longer (1/400 sec. vs. 1/800 sec.). Polarizing filters usually come with a UV protecting filter for around $15. When the polarizing filter is not on your lens, you should have the UV on. It is comparable to sunscreen for your camera’s sensor.