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Old Sep 21, 2005, 12:01 AM   #1
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Fairly dumb question: Is there any relatively simple way to take b&w pics with a 7D? Thanks in advance.
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Old Sep 21, 2005, 10:56 AM   #2
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you need to convert them using image editing software

a good starting point is to:


boost contrast slightly

adj brghtness
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Old Sep 22, 2005, 6:08 AM   #3
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Shooting in color gives you a lot more flexibility.

There are a number of ways you can convert photos toB&W. One is to desaturate the colors (as already mentioned).

Another is a simple gray scale conversion (which is what most cameras are going to do with their B&W mode). Most image editors can do either one.

One free editor that you can use to batch convert to grayscale is Irfanview. You can download it from http://www.irfanview.com. Then, download the free plugins, too.

You can either convert one image at a time (under Image, Convert to Grayscale), or you can convert multiple photos using Batch Mode. To use Batch Mode, go to "File, Thumbnails" and select a folder. Then, use the "File, Start Batch Dialog with Selected Thumbnails" menu choice. You can add more photos to the ones you want to process then.

I'd select adifferent output directory so that you don't mix them up or accidently overwrite the originals. Also, make sure to select the "Options" button by your file format you're saving in (which will default to JPEG), so that you can select the desired JPEG Quality.

Then, select the "Advanced" button, and you'll have lot of options (including resizing, converting to grayscale, etc.).

Here is a good article on a better way to convert to B&W:


The author also has a plugin available to help automate this process.

By shooting in color (versus the flat grayscale you get from cameras with a B&W feature), you have much more flexibility (since you can create color and B&W versions of the same image).

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Old Sep 23, 2005, 1:19 PM   #4
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My personal favourite is the channel mixer in Adobe Photoshop.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com//t...er.shtml<br />

The channel mixer rocks my socks. Easy to use, very powerfull.
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