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Old Apr 19, 2005, 1:03 PM   #1
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Hi all, I'm getting my Fz20 in a couple of weeks once the house sale goes thru so forgive me for asking this but...

I notice some people do B&W shots. Is this a setting on the camera or is this done afterwards using computer software?

Also can anyone reccommend a fairly easy to use photo program that doesn't cost much yet has a good selection of tools so that I can "tidy up" my images abit if I so desire?



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Old Apr 19, 2005, 1:25 PM   #2
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You'll surely enjoy the camera.. B&W can be done either way, with the camera or in post processing.. Personally I prefer the latter as shooting In b&w leaves me with no other options..

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Old Apr 19, 2005, 1:36 PM   #3
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Photoshop basically the standard in photo editing.
Paint Shop Pro another good and user friendly software.
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Old Apr 19, 2005, 2:36 PM   #4
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Personally I prefer the latter as shooting In b&w leaves me with no other options..

Ditto. I always shoot in colour as I can easily convert to B&W later. Going the other direction is much, much more difficult.


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Old Apr 19, 2005, 4:47 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, i think I'll do it in colour then convert.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I've looked at Picasa, (loved the way it indexed my pics I've already got!)but not the other two yet, but certainly one of them will do to get me started.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"regards, Woody
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Old Apr 19, 2005, 8:21 PM   #6
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I cannot agree that shooting in B&W leaves no other choice.

I set the camera for sepia because I use that a lot and then when I want color I move the wheel to Landscape/scenery. That way I shoot B&W/Color at will without having to go into the menu to switch. The landscape works for me because i shoot a lot of landscapes and in general I like the way it makes the sky and water blue and the trees and grass and mosses green.

If i then want a B&W from either color or sepia I desaturate . So there is a three way choice like that. Works for me. Bob

You can see the results of this method at http://northland.smugmug.com
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Nice gallery Bob. I think what was meant by shooting BW is that if you take a pic in BW it is very difficult to colorize it to make a color photo. What you do is take the color out of the sepia/scenery photo to get BW. That is something different than shooting in BW to begin with. 2cents.
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Nooner I had simplified my answer a bit. I will be in either B&W or Sepia depends on which I really want most. Switching from sepia to conventional B&W in PP is a last option but it is a valad one. I have never desaturated a sepia into a straight B&B but i know it is a valid option if needed.The point is that either sepia or straight b&w can be set and still shoot color without going to the menu bar. Hope that is what he was asking but if not just disregard. Cheers. Bob
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Noisewise I am quite sure that a BW pic from the camera is better than a Color one desaturated in PP (although one can then eliminate noise too).
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