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Old Mar 30, 2004, 7:40 AM   #1
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Is there any advantage if shooting in Jpeg in choose the camera B&W option over your software?
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Old Mar 30, 2004, 12:53 PM   #2
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Is there any advantage if shooting in Jpeg in choose the camera B&W option over your software?
What camera are you using?

In my case, the B&W setting is one of the "Scene" modes that is automatic, which is very limiting.
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Is there any advantage if shooting in Jpeg in choose the camera B&W option over your software?
Yes. You get to save 2 seconds you would spend changing to greyscale in your photoeditor. Besides that? No.

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Converting in software gives you a lot more control over the result. It also gives you the option of a colour print if you change your mind.
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Some cameras that have B&W mode will render the scene on the LCD (or EVF) in B&W so that you can visualize what the picture will look like even if you have not yet mastered Ansel Adams/ Minor White's zone system--diner waitresses still give me funny looks when I order my toast; zone 5. But I digress, the other possible advantage is that the JPEG files will be smaller.

IMHO, neither of the above is sufficient motivation to record your shots with B&W mode in-camera. If you shoot color, best quality; you retain the option to convert to B&W or keep the image in color or do special effects that use color within a B&W shot as demonstrated by BillDrew and other here many times before.

More control = more satisfaction.
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