BLACK & WHITE FILTERS

“A World Of Gray Tones”

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1.    Color filters are useful in black & white photography to give a truer rendition of the gray tones.

 

2.    There are approximately 200 shades of gray that your eye can recognize.

 

3.    B&W filters help maintain the proper brightness relationship between colors.

 

4.    There are three categories of B&W filters: correction, contrast, and haze.

 

5.    Lighter colored filters are generally used as correction filters in B&W.

 

6.    Yellow 8 is the most popular correction filter, because of the contrast it adds to landscapes and cloudy skies.

 

7.    Other popular contrast filters: deep yellow 15, orange 21, red 25, blue 47, green 58.

 

8.    Haze filters minimize haze to give clearer images of distant scenes. If you’d rather keep the haze: yellow 8, to reduce haze: deep yellow 15 or red 25, and to increase haze: 47 blue.

 

9.    Three most useful B&W filters: yellow 8, red 25, green 1 (11)

 

10.To lighten an object, choose a filter the same color as the object.

 

11.To darken an object, choose a filter color that absorbs the color of the object.

 

12.You cannot darken an overcast sky with a contrast filter. Use a Color-Grad® filter instead.

 

13.The same filters that darken blue skies also lighten skin tones.

 

14.A polarizer filter can be used with B&W film to achieve the same polarizer effect obtained on color film. – reduces reflections and glare / deepens sky tonality while creating contrast to white clouds.

 

SHOOTING SITUATION  SUGGESTED FILTER
Aerial Deep yellow 15
Architecture Red 23A

Clouds / Sky 
  
Natural looking sky
   Dark Sky
   Cloud elimination     


Yellow 8
Red 25A
Blue 47

Foliage Yellow 8
Haze
  
Preserve haze                                                         

   Reduce haze                                                                       

   Increase haze                                                         


Yellow 8
Red 25A
Blue 47
Infrared  Red 25A
Landscapes Yellow 8
Green 1
Marine Deep yellow 15
Portraits Green 1
 
Sand / Snow  Deep yellow 15
 
Sunsets Red 25A

 

                           

 

                                                                                  

                                                                                                             

 

                                                                        

                                                                                                 

                                                                                  

 

                                                                               

 

                                                                                  

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

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