In the video below, I show you how a simple matte box and polarizer filter can improve the image quality of your outdoor shooting. We’re using the Manfrotto Sympla Flexible Matte Box paired with a LEE Filters 4×4″ Circular Polarizer Glass Filter to achieve the results in our examples.
Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colors providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun. This Lee Filter factor is between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops) and is glass and measures 4×4″.
In the photo examples below, you can see the added saturation, contrast and a may be able to detect the hint of sharpness lost due to the added glass of the filter. Are you guys out there using filters like these? How are the images results with the filter added into the shot?
The Manfrotto Sympla Flexible Matte Box used in this video is aiding in reducing and cutting out the lens flare that is present due to the sunlight coming in from behind me. Matte boxes have flags that can be positioned to cut out any unwanted lens flares. The flexible hood of the Sympla matte box can be molded to cover the exact area that we want to block out the sun.
Manfrotto Sympla Flexible Matte Box
Mounts 15mm Rods
Accordion-Like Rubber Hood
Compatible with Wide and Long Lenses
Can Be Pressed Up Against Window
Packs Flat for Transportability
Adjusts Vertically and Horizontally
Slides Aside to Allow Lens Swaps
Two 4 x 4″ Filter Holders / One Rotating