We see colours everywhere so it is relatively easy to judge what would look good in a photograph, but it is tricky to understand what would look good in black and white. Taking landscapes in monochrome is tough and so here are a few tips to make the job easier for you.
Try to study the scene
In most coloured photographs, the colour itself can serve as the main element which adds weight to the photograph and makes it more attractive. When you’re shooting in black and white you need to focus more on other compositional elements such as lines, shapes, patterns, tonal contrast, and texture.
Texture and tonal contrast
Tonal contrast means that you will find various levels of brightness in different parts of an image which adds more depth to the picture. The texture is the physical elements that are there in the landscape like cliffs, rocks, grass, trees, mountains, sea, and any man-made buildings. All of these add a particular texture to the picture.
Change your settings to black and white
Almost all digital cameras have the option of monochrome mode. You can set your camera to monochrome mode which will enable you to see everything in black and white through your camera. You’ll get a better understanding of black and white through this process. Although, it is advisable to shoot in RAW format as it will help you process the images in colour in the future.
Neutral density filters can help
While shooting in monochrome you’d want less light than usual, so using a neutral density filter is a good option. Neutral density filter blocks light and gives you more control over shutter speed. This will help you take more creative black and white landscape photographs.
As a photographer, you have to be well-versed with how to compose your photographs and in black and white landscape photography it is extremely important. You’ll have to make some creative decisions which will help grab your viewers’ attention.
Black and white photography is a popular genre of photography and photographers use it more while shooting landscapes. These tips will help you take better black and white landscape photographs. So, change your settings to monochrome right now and start practicing.
Written by: Sauvik Chatterjee