Black and white landscape photography: step 04 Use a screen loupe
LCD screens are often hard to see in bright sunlight, so a dedicated screen loupe can be another worthwhile investment if you spend a lot of time shooting outdoors.
It magnifies the screen and shades it from sunlight, making reviewing images much easier.
Hoodman makes a three-inch model for screens up to three inches wide.
Black and white landscape photography: step 05 Attach a cable release
Using a cable release is essential if you want to get shots that are tack-sharp throughout.
Even on a bright sunny day, if you’re shooting at ISO100 and an aperture of, say, f/16 to maximise depth of field (as was the case for our image), you’ll need a shutter speed of about 1/60 sec – slow enough to result in less-than-perfect shots if you jog the camera even a fraction when releasing the shutter.
If you’re using an SLR, it’s also worth setting the mirror lock-up feature, as the movement of the mirror when the shutter is released can cause the camera to vibrate.
Mirror lock-up basically lifts the mirror out of the way when you press the shutter release once, so you can no longer see anything through the viewfinder, and then opens the shutter at the shutter speed you’ve set when you press it again.
Black and white landscape photography: step 06 Take it steady
If it’s windy, it’s a good idea to hang a heavy bag – or similar – onto the bottom of your tripod’s central column, to hold it firmly in place.
A small nylon bag with a draw-cord is ideal, as it packs down very small, weighs next to nothing and can simply be filled with stones as needed.
If you’re shooting on sand, gravel or grass, it’s also a good idea to drive your tripod legs firmly into the ground – if you don’t it might sink a little during longer exposures, resulting in blurred shots.
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