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