Using filters in black & white

THE FUJIFILM XF10 HAS A MONOCHROME black & white film simulation mode. My Fujifilm X-Pro3 has both Monochrome and ACROS film simulators. These modes have a Red, Green and Yellow variation, giving your monochrome photos a different look and feel.

These sub-options are more convenient than having to physically put the optical filter in front of the lens and can be used for similar purposes.

ACROS +R and ACROS +Ye – © Narrating Images

Many photographers use Monochrome+Ye and ACROS+Ye yellow filter modes to darken blue skies a little to help clouds to stand out.

Monochrome+R and ACROS+R red filter modes are used to darken blue skies even more and lend landscape shot a more dramatic look and feel.

Monochrome +Gr and Monochrome +Ye – © Narrating Images

Monochrome+Gr and ACROS+Gr yellow filter modes are used to lighten foliage and look great for portraits.

When shooting portraits in black & white, less is definitely more. Without the distraction of colour, we are free to concentrate on the subject’s face and expression – including any striking features they might have, like freckles, wrinkles, or piercings. Keep the rest of the frame simple and don’t let anything get in the way of this.

Create contrast with side lighting from a single light source and try to place light-toned subjects against a dark background, and darker subjects against a light background.

ACROS and ACROS +Ye – © Narrating Images

In landscape photography, look for scenes that contain bold shapes, like the curve of a wooden fence in the sand dunes, or the lead-in line created by a road snaking its way through the foreground.

Monochrome and Monochrome +Ye – © Narrating Images

Contrast is important, too, and can help you create minimalist compositions that are beautiful because of their simplicity, such as a lone tree in the snow or the white spray of a waterfall in front of black rocks.

ACROS + Gr and ACROS +R – © Narrating Images