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Can I set the monitor to B&W?

le gamin

Parksville, British Columbia, CA
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le gamin Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2012
Wed 09-Jan-13 12:55 AM

I have just finished reading an article from the Digital Photography School in which the author suggests that to understand "light" we ought to first consider seeing the image in B&W. I can't so my work around this has been to see through a dense filter so I see shades of "grey". I was wondering if the D7000 can be tuned to just see B&W.

Why not look it up in manual, you ask? Because I have misplaced it:( Ahhhggg!

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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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 2006
Wed 09-Jan-13 01:26 AM

The PDF version of the manual can be downloaded from the various Nikon sites. (Great for quick searches.)

In the Picture Controls, you can choose 'monochrome'. This will affect the saved picture not just the display. While the JPG will forever be in black & white, the NEF file will contain the color and just have a flag that can be toggled.

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blw

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 09-Jan-13 01:56 AM

As Joseph suggests, you can use the picture control to do this - if you're shooting raw. If you shoot jpeg, the jpeg is permanently converted to B&W, using whatever parameters are set in the camera, and there's no undoing it. If you shoot raw, you'll get a B&W display, as you desire. The raw file will still contain the raw, unprocessed data - including all of the color information. It will also contain a jpeg "preview" image - which will be B&W, per the jpeg discussion above. But since it is in fact a raw file, any of the raw converters will be happy to process the data into a full color image for you, if you so desire. Lightroom in particular does a rather odd dance. If you shoot this way - and I do, quite frequently - you see a bunch of B&W images as the card is imported into LR. Then as Lightroom renders the preview images as it does as soon as the import is complete, you can watch the entire shoot "turn" from B&W into color!

I shoot quite a few images that are intended to be presented as B&W, so I shoot raw with picture control set to monochrome quite frequently. I find this to be very helpful in evaluating B&W composition, even though the colors may not convert to B&W the same way that I'll do it later.

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