Black and white landscape photography: why rich color is the key to bold mono

Black and white landscape photography: why bold colour is the key to dramatic mono

Black and white landscape photography: step 02 Invest in some filters

Black and white landscape photography: step 02 Invest in some filters

If you’re serious about landscape photography, investing in a set of filters will be money well spent.

A circular polariser is useful for boosting contrast in blue skies, and for eliminating reflections in water, while a set of graduated neutral density filters is essential if you want to avoid burnt out skies in high-contrast scenes.

SEE MORE: Best graduated neutral density filter – 6 top models tested and rated

If money is tight, just buy two (a one-stop and a two-stop) as you can always combine them to create a three-stop.

If you’ve never used a polariser or ND grad before, you’ll find the difference can be dramatic, and once you have used them, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them!

SEE MORE: 9 mistakes photographers make using filters (and how to avoid them)

Black and white landscape photography: step 03 Consider a long lens

Black and white landscape photography: step 03 Consider a long lens

Many of us make the mistake of assuming that you need a wide-angle to shoot landscapes.

However a longer zoom with a range of, say, 70-200mm or 100-300mm, can be extremely useful for picking out distant details – especially when you’re shooting somewhere as big and expansive as the UK’s Lake District.

The advantage of a zoom – as opposed to a fixed focal length lens – is that it enables you to zoom in and out and experiment with different crops and compositions.

It’s also worth trying to shoot vertically, as this will often result in a more balanced shot.

PAGE 1: See in black and white
PAGE 2: Filters; long lenses
PAGE 3: Use a screen loupe; Attach a cable release; Tripod tips

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