STUNNING BLACK AND WHITE LANDSCAPES

The first thing to keep in mind is that any landscape will not look good on you in black and white. You have to learn before to see in gray scale to verify that the result is worth it, because each color has its equivalence in this scale. What in color can be a good contrast, just as black and white is not.

A small trick is, if you have doubts, shoot with the monochrome option of your camera. And if you like it, do not hesitate, shoot again but this time in color or if possible in RAW. This way you will not lose part of the information that you will need when editing the image.

Pampering the composition

If in any photograph the composition is a fundamental element, in a landscape in black and white it becomes even more relevant. As I said at the beginning of the article, we usually expect a landscape in color, this happens because it is the way in which our eyes tend to see but also because the colors of landscapes arouse many emotions. The color can even constitute the composition of a landscape, so when we eliminate it, we must treat with much more care the way in which we have the elements within the frame. Because we have also said it, it is not about reproducing, but about creating, so it is up to you to distribute the elements of the landscape in such a way that they immediately capture the attention of the honorable public.

If you think that the lines are only in the city it is because you have not seen enough landscapes The lines are a strong resource in composition and in black and white they take center stage. Look for them in the scenarios that you have in front of you and use them to direct your gaze to the center of interest, or turn them into absolute protagonists. And remember the strength and the curves in “S” and the diagonals, they are really powerful and are associated with many emotions.

Practice long exposure photography

Water photographs in long exposure have that dream point, unreal and at the same time hypnotizing. The texture of the water is similar to that of the brush of a great painter, in your white canvas film will remain the silky effect. You can see it in the first two photographs and in the following:

The long exposure is not only for water, beyond the silky effect, you can capture spectacular skies or cities of heart attack.

Surely many times you have seen a landscape in black and white and you have been left with your mouth open and wondering how they will have achieved that effect. Well, beyond the composition, the sharpness or the use of depth of field, there is a trick that will give a completely different life to your landscapes, it is about the filters.

Filters in landscape serve both to clarify the light and to bring greater drama. You can use polarizing or color filters. The truth is that about the latter I will tell you that it is much more convenient to apply them with an editor than to carry a lot of different filters for each occasion.

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YOU HAVE JUST LANDED

You know it’s important because it appears in all the blogs that you consult a few times and because right here, in the photographer’s blog, we have many articles detailing everything you need to know about composition in any type of photography that you can think of. In photography, composition and light are everything, because composing is our way of painting the canvas, of ordering the elements within the frame, of writing the history, of teaching and highlighting what is important in our image. In short, all the narration of the scene, its meaning and its justification.

Make a series from a simple element

For example, photograph a box of matches in 10 different ways. I assure you that it is not easy and that you will have to squeeze your brain to get 10 images of a box of matches that are worthwhile. But the best thing is that it can be done, and that with imagination and perseverance you can get photos that you did not even think you could do. This exercise will help you to stop before the scene, to think, to look for different and original points of view, and above all, to practice composition.
Nobody said that learning was easy If you really want to learn photography, you will have to put some effort on your part. Forget the zoom for a while (quiet, it’s not forever) and start moving to get the images you want. Your own movement opens up endless possibilities in terms of composition, because if you keep your eyes wide open, you will see many more possibilities than statically zoom up and zoom down.

WHY I STOP PHOTOGRAPHING

The “worst picture” is not one in which there has been an exposure error and that ended up going too dark or very burned. The worst picture is not the one that lacks clarity, and in which the subject is not distinguished from the background of what is blurred. That is not the worst photo believe me.

The worst photo is that which photographs but never sees the light.

Unfortunately, and although I’m ashamed to admit it, I’ve had a few like that. Dozens of photos, hundreds, thousands of photos that I have on my computer at this moment, and that I would call “the worst photographs of my life”. What I am going to tell you next is a shameful fact, but I am counting on the hope that others will learn from my mistake. This article is also in a certain way “swimming against the current”, because I will say something that many photographers will deny, I will fall, I know, I can not say what I am going to say, it is not “cool” to tell this, but not it matters It is a photographic lesson that I learned, something late (I recognize), and I would like nothing more in life than to share it with the people who read Blog del Fotógrafo to share the learning.