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cnl390 Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jun 2007Thu 12-Sep-13 01:30 AM
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"Black and White photos, I have a question."


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What is the best method for making B&W images?
Should I use my D90 in B&W mode, or shoot RAW and then use PS Element
11 to process B&W?

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Thu 12-Sep-13 01:39 AM
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#1. "RE: Black and White photos, I have a question."
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Seattle, WA, US
          

There are multiple ways to convert a color image to b&w. The algorithm used in most cameras is probably the easiest one to program and normally not considered "the best". Using post-processing software normally gives you more options on the conversion.

Since the b&w setting is just a flag in the raw file (the color is always captured), shooting raw files with the b&w flag turned on will show you the camera's b&w version on the LCD, which can sometimes give you needed feedback about any possible exposure problems later conversions may find.

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espeto68 Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2010Thu 12-Sep-13 10:47 AM
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#2. "RE: Black and White photos, I have a question."
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Oeiras, PT
          

Hi,

I also have a D90.
AS Joseph said, i think the best way is to shoot in RAW and select the monochrome mode, so you can see the desired effect on the back LCD.
Then, when uploading the photos to PS or LR you'll have all the color information to work with.

José

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John54 Registered since 18th Jan 2014Fri 24-Jan-14 12:33 PM
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I shoot in RAW, in colour, and using Neutral mode. I then do the conversion in post processing, usually in Adobe Camera Raw.

  

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mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012Mon 27-Jan-14 06:56 PM
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West Valley, US
          

Definitely not an expert at this, but with my D 90, I shoot in color, then convert to B&W in post processing. It seems easier, and a photo instructor I had suggested that is a good way to do it. "BEST?" Probably not, but I am a dinosaur, and haven't found a better way. I am not one who likes to play with the images much in P/P. En Camera is my favorite mode.

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sl01 Registered since 07th Jan 2014Wed 09-Apr-14 09:56 AM
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Wed 09-Apr-14 10:00 AM by sl01

PL
          

During postprocessing you can get many, extemely various B&W results from one full color photo.
To experience this in easy way, try this little, very simple free tool:
http://www.mediachance.com/digicam/bworks.htm

Shooting with B&W set in camera gives you only one B&W result at one shot.

  

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