It’s simple to see why so many landscape photographers use color: it’s powerful and evocative, and it aids in the depiction of mood and atmosphere. So, why do some photographers use monochrome nearly exclusively? Part of the reason is that black and white photography is appealing — it’s a semi-abstract, emotive, and timeless method of portraying the outdoors. Working in black and white can help you develop your vision and compositional abilities, making you a better landscape photographer in the long run.
Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Black & White for Landscape Photography:
1. The Use of Black and White in Photography Changes Your Perspective
Being pushed outside of one’s comfort zone is often beneficial to creatives. If you’re afraid of black and white because you’ve never tried it before or because you’re more comfortable with what you already know, it’s time to embrace the unknown and master a new talent. Working in black and white allows you to perceive the world in a different light. Instead of concentrating on the scene’s and light’s color, you’re focusing on texture, shape, line, and the interaction of light and shadow.2. You Can Improve Your Composing Skills by Using Black and White.
The risk of working in color – and this is true of all genres of photography, not just landscape photography – is that you may find yourself relying on the image’s color strength to carry it. Color can become a crutch in this sense, supporting visuals that aren’t as strong as they could be if they were based on more solid foundations. That’s impossible to do in black and white. Texture, line, shape, pattern, form, placement, and negative space are all important components of strong black and white photos.
3. Shooting in Black and White Allows You to Capture Images in Light That Isn’t Optimal for Color Photography
Color and light are inextricably linked. When the light is most lovely, the best color landscape images are frequently shot. Working during the golden hour, or dusk is usually the best option. Working in black and white increases the number of hours available for landscape photography during the day. Instead of focusing on the quality of light, the focus is on the composition. While light is always crucial, you can often photograph in a harsher light than you can with color if you find the correct subject.
4. Long Exposure Photography Works Best in Black and White
Long exposure black and white photography have evolved into its own genre. The increase in the supply of 10-stop neutral density filters is one of the reasons behind this. It’s also a lot easier with digital cameras because there’s no reciprocity failure to consider. Long exposure photography has the advantage of allowing you to shoot on cloudy days that would likely provide poor results if you were working in color. It’s a different technique to make use of light that isn’t great for the color palette.
5. Hone Your Post-Processing Capabilities
Working in black and white entails learning new abilities, however, using our new Dramatic Black & White Preset pack will make it easier for you to develop your landscape images in black and white. Any additional post-processing abilities are a welcome addition to your repertoire. Try going back over old images that you originally processed in color and looking at them with a fresh eye the next time you have a few spare hours. Choose the ones that would look well in black and white and make them monochromatic. It’s a fun activity for a rainy day or a cold winter night that pushes you to reconsider past work.
If you’re keen on giving your images a dramatic black and white look without having to spend an ungodly amount of time in front of your computer, working on post-processing, Loaded Landscapes has just the thing for you — the brand-new Dramatic Black and White Presets for Landscape Photography.
The Dramatic Black and White Presets Pack will give you 15 main presets and over 30 one-click adjustment presets which amount to 45 total presets!
Check it out today with this fantastic deal — enjoy a $10 discount and get this incredible preset pack for just $24!
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I get access to the presets? Immediately after the purchase is successfully processed you will be led to a download page. You’ll also receive an email with a download link.
Can I use the presets for commercial purposes? Yes. You can use the presets on photos that you will sell or license. The preset files themselves cannot be re-sold or re-distributed, but you are welcome to use them in the processing of photos that you will sell.
What software is required to use the presets? You will need Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The presets are compatible with Lightroom versions 11 and up (Classic CC). The presets are also compatible with Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop and Lightroom Mobile.
Do they work on a Mac/PC? Yes, they work on both Mac and PC. We have installation instructions for both Mac and PC.
Do they work with both RAW and JPG files? Yes, they can be used with either.
Are instructions included? Yes. You will get access to documentation/videos that demonstrate how to use the presets. The case studies are also helpful.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
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When you purchase our Dramatic Black and White Presets Pack today you will have a full 30 days to try them out. If for any reason you are unhappy with the purchase, simply email us for a full refund. We're confident that you will love them.
Get Our NEW Dramatic Black and White Presets for Just $24!
With this purchase you’ll get all the 45 presets and the right to use them on personal or commercial photos for as long as you would like. You will also get free access to any future updates of the presets.