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Use Your Sunglasses to Take Better Outdoor Digital Pictures

I learned a really neat trick this past weekend using an inexpensive compact digital camera to obtain better outdoor pictures.

Ever wonder why pictures taken with your camera don’t look as good when you get home as you remembered? One of the main reasons is because you were wearing sunglasses.

The sunglasses act as a polarizer to reduce glare and increase the contrast you see. Colors look more vivid and the entire picture has more life.

Doing this is really 1-2-3 easy. Remove your sunglasses, hold them in front of the camera lens, and take the picture!

While this trick doesn’t always work, it certain can’t hurt to try this neat quick trick.

Certainly for those of you who travel around with the larger SLR cameras, you likely already have a polarizer with a filter mount. If you don’t, this is something you should add to your photography arsenal.

17 thoughts on “Use Your Sunglasses to Take Better Outdoor Digital Pictures”

  1. I love taking pictures, but i must confess that i’m a frustrated photographer, imagine taking 30 pictures and ending up with only one average usable photo. I can’t wait to try this cool trick. Wish me luck.

  2. I take photos occasionally to store the memories. However i am no professional photographer as seen in my pictures but I’m always willing to learn a new trick. I’d be sure to try this out. What is there to lose?

  3. That is a great tip David! I honestly never have even considered that. And I know so many times have I ran into the situation you said exactly where they just do not look as good when I get home. I had always kind of assumed small digital cameras and cell phone cameras had a kind of polarizer figure it would be a hardware or a software solution of some kind.

    Gonna have to try this with the cell phone since that is my camera of use 98% of the time.

  4. This one is an awesome tip for a passionate yet amateur photography lover like me. I’m real sure that I’m gonna try this one. Never thought of doing this in the past. A DSLR camera is sometimes a burden to carry because of its size. For fun beach or out-of-town trips, an ordinary digi-cam is a good choice… only if it also wears my sunglasses.

  5. Nice, didn’t know that. It reminds me of what I heard about TV shows. They use a mesh stocking to make people look better. Obviously those tricks are necessary still despite all those sophisticated technics.

  6. Wow, what a neat trick! I never thought this was even possible. I will certainly try this the next time I’m using my DSLR outside to photograph the nature.

    Science, yup.

  7. Likewise, it never occurred to me to do this. I echo what others have said; it’s a great idea! I’m going to try it the next time I have such an opportunity with lighting conditions.

    Typically, I have avoided taking pictures in extreme brightness, especially in the prime hours of sunlight, i.e. 10 am – 4 pm. Yes, this is one of those tips I’m not content to just read about. I must try it out!

  8. This is a great idea! Just make sure you clean your sun glasses of dust and finger prints first! Sometimes finger prints only become obvious when the pictures are viewed on a bigger monitor. My students often neglect to clean their lenses and filters so they come up with “smudged” pictures. Sun glasses are very prone to having finger prints.

  9. This is a very unique and intuitive approach. I have never thought to actually hold sunglasses in front of a camera lens before. It’s neat. I would have thought it would hamper the quality of the picture, to be honest.

  10. I like this idea. I will give it a try the next time I’m out on a sunny day. I had no idea that it would work as you describe. I know that you can better your vision when driving during a rainstorm by using sunglasses.

  11. I had never thought about doing this! I will have to try it when I get a new camera and a much better pair of sunglasses. I get tired of bad photo glare or terrible lighting.

  12. That sounds like a really cool trick. I don’t have a DSLR camera so I can’t take really high quality photos. I can’t wait to try this with my cheap point-and-shoot camera. Heh. Thank you for sharing this information.

  13. This actually seems like a good idea. I might have to try this. I enjoy taking pictures.

  14. I have a polarizer mount that came with my camera lens but I wasn’t entirely sure about what it did before now. Thanks for the quick tip! Hopefully my outdoor photos will improve.

  15. I might actually use this tip whenever doing outdoor photography. This is actually pretty useful for me specifically because I don’t have a DSLR, so I can’t use a polarized lens. The only difficulty I’d see with this is actually holding the camera and sun glasses at the same time, because honestly, that’d be pretty hard without a tripod.

  16. A very clever trick! Who would have thought? The sunglasses trick does not just tell us something about photography, but it shows the camera what the photographer actually wants out of the shot. I have yet the experience to be considering the trick that I am learning from this post. That is, what viewpoint will make this scene work more effectively? Fact is, a lot of viewpoints is possible.

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