Filters for B&W

Discussion in 'Black and White Film Discussion' started by Twilli53, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Twilli53

    Twilli53 FF Regular

    Aug 17, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy A Williams
    Looking into filters (red, yellow, orange) for B&W shooting. Does anyone have experience with these. I've never used any, but then again I have never shot landscapes in B&W. I have the OM2n loaded with HP5 and a 24 2.8 on the way. Thanks for any input on this as all I know is what I've read.
  2. Jim

    Jim FF Regular

    Apr 2, 2017
    Newark, DE
    Filters are fun. You can spend big $$ on glass filters or you can spend a lot less on resin filters such as Cokin and the various clones. I'd start with a red or orange resin filter and see how you like that . These filters will darken blue skies and green leaves (not too many of them around right now!)

    As a trial, you can simply hold a square resin filter in front of your lens. I've done a number of IR Shots that way when the old Konica IR film was available. It's not elegant, but it does work and doesn't cost much.

    If you find filters help you be more creative, you can always spring for more elaborate setups
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  3. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 24, 2015
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  4. Twilli53

    Twilli53 FF Regular

    Aug 17, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy A Williams
    Thank you. I found a You Tube tutorial also. Looks like red and orange for starters.
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  5. ChristoR

    ChristoR New to FF

    Dec 18, 2016
    TBH I'd start with yellow or orange rather than red. Yellow still gives you a reasonable effect with clouds, while orange is quite a bit stronger. Once you get onto the red filter, even with TTL metering you may have to add a stop because the red filter can affect the meter readings.

    Red is good for very dark skies and high contrast clouds, just that little bit trickier to shoot with.

    I always use screw-in rather than slot-in colour filters... but I've been lucky enough to shoot with manual Pentaxes where most of my lenses are 49mm thread...
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  6. JoeLopez

    JoeLopez FF Regular

    Jul 3, 2017
    I've used a red filter on my Yashica Electro 35 GSN with a roll of Tri-X 400

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