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A Polariser will remove potentially distracting reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as glass and water and increase colour saturation. Great for skies.

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Why use a Polariser?

Polarising filters are used to manage light at wavelength scale, and if magnified could be a likened to a series of microscopic slats.

In use, as the filter is rotated, it either transmits or blocks the waves of light that are vibrating in particular orientations. When light from the sun bounces off a flat non metallic surface, such as glass or water, it becomes polarised - i.e. all of the reflected light waves vibrate in the same plane. This reflected glare can be removed by the polarising filter.

Rotation of the filter will be needed to find the optimum position of the Polariser. In photographic terms this can render water or glass transparent, and gives the impression of saturating colours in a scene, because much of the reflected glare from the subject is removed by the Polariser.

On a clear sunny day, much of the light in the sky is also polarised, and the filter will give a very strong blue effect when used at 90 degrees from the sun - any white clouds will stand out impressively.

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Without a Polarising Filter

After – LEE Polariser

With a Polarising Filter

The Polariser and ND Standard Filters with Joe Cornish

A Practical Guide to the Polariser with Joe Cornish

In this video Joe Cornish explains why the Polariser is an essential tool for landscape photography. He gives tips and practical advice for using the filter in the field, and shows how it can be combined with ND Standards and Grads.

Which Polariser?

Linear or Circular? (...and we're not talking about the shape)

There are two types of polarising filter: linear and circular.

These terms do not refer to the shape of the filter, but rather the way in which the filter modifies the light waves that pass through it.

The type of filter required depends on the camera. If you use an autofocus SLR (digital or 35mm) in, for example, spot metering mode, you will need a Circular Polariser. This is because a Linear Polariser will interfere with the complex metering and AF systems of modern cameras.

If you use a manual focus camera, whether 35mm or medium format, you can use either a Circular or a Linear Polariser. If you are still unsure of the type of Polariser you require, check your camera's instruction manual.

A polarising filter will increase your exposure by 1⅔ stops.

LEE Round Polariser

The 105mm Rotating Polariser

This Polariser is attached to the filter system by an Accessory Ring (sold separately), which fits to the front of the filter holder. This allows the Polariser to be rotated independently of any other filters in the holder. It is the ideal solution for landscape photography, where a combination of graduated filters and Polariser may be required.

We now also offer a Landscape Polariser which goes down to 16/17mm without vignetting.

LEE Square Polariser

The 100 x 100mm Square Polariser

This Polariser slots into the filter holder, which is then rotated to achieve the desired effect.

This version is recommended for studio use, or when no filters are required in addition to the Polariser.

Fitting the Polariser

LEE 100mm System

Standard 100mm System

It is possible to fit a 105mm accessory ring to the front of the holder, which allows a Polariser to be fitted and rotated independently of any other filters. It is also suitable for use with wide-angle lenses.

  • Fitting 105mm Accessory Ring Unscrew the four brass screws at the front of the filter holder.
  • Fitting 105mm Accessory Ring Remove the thin front face blades.
  • Fitting 105mm Accessory Ring Screw a 105mm Accessory Ring to the front of the filter holder using the existing screws.
  • Fitting 105mm Accessory Ring Screw a 105mm Polariser to the Accessory Ring.
LEE Seven5 System

Seven5 Micro Filter System

The Seven5 System features its own circular polarising filter. The unique clip-on design means it can be snapped onto the front of the holder and rotated independently of any graduated filters also in use.

Seven5 Micro Filter System Polariser

The holder has been designed so that it is compatible with Compact System Cameras giving a portable and lightweight solution that's perfect for street photography and general picture taking.

Aside from the Polariser, the system includes a full range of resin and some glass filters, which are sized at 75x90mm.

Before

Before LEE Polariser

After – LEE Polariser

After LEE Polariser

Professional hints:

Combining with Polyester Filters

If using a polarising filter in conjunction with polyester filters, the Polariser must be placed in front of the polyester filters, not behind, otherwise it will not function correctly. This problem does not arise when the polarising filter is used in conjunction with resin filters.

Experimenting with skies

Sometimes a fully polarised sky can appear overdone. Experiment with halting the rotation at around 45 degrees to the sun, rather than the full 90 degrees, for a more natural-looking result.

Hard ND Grad Set

0.3 ND Hard Grad (1 stop)

0.6 ND Hard Grad (2 stops)

0.9 ND Hard Grad (3 stops)

Workshops

Join leading landscape photographer Jeremy Walker for a day or weekend at our photographic workshops around the UK.

Inspiring Professionals

Reimagined for tablets these new eBooks take you through stunning landscape photos and the exact filters and techniques used.

Landscape Polariser

LEE 100mm System

A slimmer polariser that can be used down to 16/17mm without vignetting

Our slimline Landscape Polariser is designed to go down to 16/17mm without vignetting when used with a two slotted filter holder on a full frame 35mm sensor.

However, the Landscape Polariser comes with an added advantage. It has a slightly warm bias, so not only is the photographer able to remove glare from shiny surfaces, or increase the contrast between blue sky and white cloud, they can also enhance the greens, browns and golds in landscapes.

Because the Landscape Polariser screws onto the front of the holder, it leaves both slots in the holder free, allowing the photographer to add further filters of their choice, opening up even more creative possibilities.

LEE Landscape Polariser

105mm rotating Landscape Polariser fits with a 105mm Accessory Ring (sold separately) on the front of the filter holder.

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Before LEE Landscape Polariser

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After LEE Landscape Polariser

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