By Joanne West
On warm sunny days, particularly if there is any humidity, haze is difficult to avoid. The problem is compounded if you are shooting with a telephoto lens for subjects in the distance. Light reflects and is distorted in the microscopic water beads that make up the humidity. Circular polarizing and UV filters can help alleviate the haze, but these are less useful with a digital camera than they used to be with film. Topaz Labs Lens Effects has both a Polarizing and UV Haze setting that will help to restore the image and reduce that nasty haze problem.
The image I am using in the tutorial is of a sailboat in the Puget Sound on a clear warm day. The shot was done with a telephoto lens. Because of the time of day and year as well as the location, there is a blue overtone to the picture.