good filters for B&W landscapes

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  1. Rob A

    Rob A TPF Noob!

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    hey guys, i was thinking of getting some filters but i have no idea what to get. i take B&W landscapes, and have alot of sky in most of my pics! i love having alot of contrast in the clouds etc. also, i occasionally take a picture with the sun directly pointing towards the lense. can filters help make some of these shots easier? sorry if im being a little vague.

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    cool, thanks. are polarisers good for B&W? or would a UV filter work?
     
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    With the risk of being redundant:

    Red - increase sky/clouds contrast, darken foliage

    Orange - like Red but less of an effect

    Yellow - even less than Orange

    Green - lightens foliage

    ND (neutral density, various grades) - allows extended exposures for faster BW films

    Polarizer - eliminates unwanted reflections; when combined with a Red during a day shoot it renders the sky very dark, a night-like effect

    UV or Haze - does not help in BW but it can protect your expensive lens from being scratched by accident. However, when I shoot I prefer to take any such filter off.

    By the way, invest in good glass filters (screw on type) of good quality.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    yeh, thats very helpful from the both of you!! thanks!
     

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