1. See black and white
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.
2. 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.
Ok, this is so easy said, but how to do it? Well here are some tricks:
Use the lines
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.
Resort to minimalism
Less is more. Another premise that I will repeat as many times as necessary without losing my smile or shaking my knuckles when typing it. Less color and fewer elements translates into greater impact and more interest. One idea is to resort to the use of negative space to create a minimalist landscape of impact. The image above is a good example of minimalist landscape, but here I leave another, other than for lack of inspiring examples
It is not about capturing a few birds singing the bals, but to include repeated elements that bring rhythm to the image. Depending on the type of rhythm you capture, you can transmit different sensations. Everything you need to know about the visual rhythm you have here.
3. Look for the fog
If you are up early you are lucky, but if you are frolicking in bed you will have to make an extra effort, yes, it will be worth it. The fog brings a wonderful texture, a halo of mystery and gives the place a special atmosphere. Although it is very rare, this makes it even more interesting. Do not miss the opportunity that comes your way for a few more minutes between the sheets! And follow these tips to photograph it
4. 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.
5. Use filters
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.