Shooting Beautiful Black And White Landscapes

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There is nothing as timeless as a beautiful black and white landscape photo. For many, it is the purest form of photography. The genre conjures up thoughts of Ansel Adams out in Yosemite Valley, capturing stunning monoliths with his 8x10 view camera. Well, just because you are shooting with a digital camera doesn't mean you can't create your own stunning photos using the power of the Monochrome picture style. (See the "Classic Black and White Portraits" section of Chapter 6 for instructions on setting up this feature.) Not only can you shoot in black and white, you can also apply built-in filters to lighten or darken different elements within your scene, as well as add contrast and definition.

The four filter colors are red, yellow, green, and orange. The most typically used filters in black and white photography are red and yellow. This is because the color of the filter will darken opposite colors and lighten similar colors. So if you want to darken a blue sky, you would use a yellow filter because blue is the opposite of yellow. To darken green foliage, you would use a red filter. Check out the series of shots in Figure 7.13 with different filters applied.

Monochrome Yellow Filter Sky

FIGURE 7.13

Adding color filter settings to the Monochrome picture style allows you to brighten or darken elements in your scene. The top right image has no filter applied to it. The bottom left has a green filter, and the bottom right has an orange filter.

FIGURE 7.13

Adding color filter settings to the Monochrome picture style allows you to brighten or darken elements in your scene. The top right image has no filter applied to it. The bottom left has a green filter, and the bottom right has an orange filter.

You can see that there is no real difference in contrast between the color and the black and white image with no filter. The green filter has the effect of darkening the skies slightly and giving a significantly lighter look to the vegetation. Using the orange filter makes the vegetation lighter but darkens the sky slightly. For this particular shot, I much prefer the look of the orange filter.

Other options in the Monochrome picture style enable you to adjust the sharpness, contrast, and even add some color toning to the final image. This information is also in the "Classic Black and White Portraits" section of Chapter 6. I like to have Sharpness set to 5 and Contrast set to 1 for my landscape images. This gives an overall look to the black and white image that is reminiscent of the classic black and white films. Experiment with the various settings to find the combination that is most pleasing to you.

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