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Old Oct 30, 2004, 7:35 AM   #1
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Are there any reasons why you would want to shoot in B&W mode on the camera rather than using colour and desturating on the PC?

Is it just a time saver?
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Old Oct 30, 2004, 1:01 PM   #2
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well, b/w on camera is a bad way to convert to b/w...

it just desaturates it with the in camera processing...

the best way (IMO) is with Channel Mixer in Photoshop...

or, calculations, both ways give great control over the tones, but channel mixer is the best...

you could convert to greyscale, and back...that works..but no control over how it converts, and then you can desaturate..but same problem as greyscale!

basically...you're better off shooting in color, (even if you plan the shot to be black and white anyway) and then converting on the pc....higher quality and more control

hope this answers your question

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Old Oct 30, 2004, 2:40 PM   #3
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Keep in mind that the camera shoots in color, and then uses some method to convert to b/w, likely simply desaturation. Since there are many programs (IrfanView is a good freeware one) that can batch process your images so you don't even save much time if you are going to do something that simple.

The important thing is that you remove all other options about how to do it if you let the camera do the conversion.
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Although doing it on the computer can result in better results, the advantage of doing it in camera is you can see the world in black and white already...maybe take two, one in camera as a preview, and then one in colour to convert on the computer later.
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To be learn how to "see" in b/w, I'd suggest reading some of the clasic books like Adams' trilogy, "The Camera", "The Negative", and "The Print". Don't spend a lot of time figuring out his darkroom solutions, but do pay a lot of attention to the problems he is working to solve. A lot of those boil out to seeing in b/w.

Also, those books have some of the best photographs ever made as examples. Not the best production of those photos, so go see some of the prints Ansel made if you have a chance.
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