Black and white images are a personal favorite of mine. In my opinion, there’s nothing like a black and white photo– whether it’s a photo of people, objects, or landscapes. Personally, I love black and white landscape pictures the most, but it can be difficult to produce a quality image. Here are some easy tips for taking black and white landscape pictures.
When taking black and white landscape photographs, it’s best to shoot using the RAW setting on the camera. Unfortunately, most cheap cameras don’t have this feature, which can be a problem for amateur photographers. If your camera doesn’t offer this feature, it’s often better to take the picture in color, and then convert it to black and white with photo editing software. There are many free downloads available. However, if your digital camera does offer the RAW setting, you’ll have the best quality black and white image.
Sometimes, cameras don’t offer the RAW setting, but do offer a “black and white” setting. If RAW isn’t available, but you do have the black and white feature, use it instead of converting with editing software. However, if you’re shooting in JPEG, you should shoot in color, and then convert the image to black and white later. It may seem pretty confusing, but the method that will work best really depends on the features your camera offers.
When shooting black and white landscape pictures, it’s important to keep your ISO setting very low– the lower the better. The low setting will eliminate any graininess in the photo and produce clarity in the image.
When you’re shooting black and white landscape images, it’s best to shoot in low contrast weather. This means cloudy and overcast days will actually be the best time to shoot because you don’t have to worry about outdoor lighting as much when using black and white. When shooting on overcast days, try to focus on unique patterns to pull the focus from the dull sky.
As with taking pictures in color, you must also pay attention to shadows when shooting in black and white. Not only do you have to note shadows, but tones and textures in the images, too. Shadows, different textures, and tones can actually be the focal point of your image. It’s often more difficult to notice the shadows, textures, and tones when shooting in black and white than it is when shooting in color, so pay careful attention. You must learn to train your eye to specifically look for these three things, but by doing so, you’ll really notice a difference in your image quality.
Taking black and white landscape pictures can be a bit tricky, but it’s well worth learning how to do it properly. These easy tips will have you taking black and white landscape pictures like a pro in no time.