Black and white photography made easy: tips for pro-quality results from start to finish

Black and white photography made easy: tips for pro-quality results from start to finish

Try using in-camera filters to enhance your black and white photography

Try using in-camera filters to enhance your black and white photosYour camera’s built-in filter effects hark back to the settings used in traditional black-and-white film photography, where coloured lens filters were used to change how colours appeared in an image. But the names and effects can be confusing to those new to black-and-white photography.

Each filter lightens the colour specified by its name, and also darkens the opposite colours. So, for example, a red filter lightens any red areas, but darkens blues.

Here’s a quick guide to the filter options – what they do and when to use them…

Black and white photography tips: use a yellow filter

Yellow
Lightens yellow and slightly darkens blues.

Use it for
Lightening skin 
tones or adding contrast to white clouds against blue sky.

 

Black and white photography tips: use a orange filter

Orange
Lightens orange and darkens blues a little more than yellow.

Use it for
Adding more contrast to skies than with 
the yellow filter setting.

 

Black and white photography tips: use a red filter

Red
Lightens reds and darkens strong blues to almost black.

Use it for
Adding maximum contrast to skies in your landscape and outdoor shots.

 

Black and white photography tips: use a green filter

Green
Lightens greens and darkens yellow and orange.

Use it for
Darkening skin 
tones in portraits and lightening foliage and grass.

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