Black and white landscape photography: why rich color is the key to bold mono
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
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
Pro secrets: how to use a telephoto lens for awesome landscapes
How to avoid lens flare when shooting wide-angle scenes
ND grad filters: what every photographer needs to know
10 quick landscape photography tips
on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 12:01 am under Landscape, Photography Tips.
Tags: black and white photography, landscape photography