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Hi esteemed photographers,

When shooting still life in a studio, would you use a polariser to cut out reflection and to get richer colours as in outdoors? Would you polarise at light source or use a filter on the lens?

Thank you very much for your help.

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theITguy

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I would say that polarizer is used to cut off reflections from non-metalic objects. As for richer colours in outdoors, polarizer will make the sky look more saturated, at the right angle.


To achieve richer colours, people using digital cameras will have to do post processing to bring out the colours. For film users, they would probably use other films than normal films, for example Fujifilm Astia 100F/Reala than a normal Superia 100. Therefore, I would say that polarizer is rather useless indoors most of the time as light sources are mostly controlable.
 

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Hmm. As per you, a polariser cuts out reflections and therefore enables greater colour saturation in subjects. So if you light indoors, and have any reflections, which you will, then a polariser will have the same effect (duh). So in exactly the same conditions as you would use the polariser outdoors.
 

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