Can I get a greyscale (black and white) image from my D100? I know I can do it in Photoshop, but I want it out of the camera. I thought about posting this in the filter area, but maybe there is some undocumented feature of the D100.
The question isn't really all that far fetched. The camera is actually combining three filtered greyscale images. Why not have an option for an unfiltered image. But, I guess Nikon thinks not. Okay PS it is. Thanks.
The best way I have found for converting is by using the B&W conversion option in Nik Color Efex Pro. This method gives you more control than conventional channel diddling and allows for a great degree of "artistic" license. If you are serious about your conversions I suggest you check it out. Also www.fredmiranda.com has an action for sale that does a decent job. I have it, too, but haven't had enough time with it to know where it stacks up. It is pretty cheap, though, and has worked well for me on certain images.
I do a lot of my digital work in B&W, and the real issue you face with straightforward conversion to greyscale is that it looks pretty awful. Most of us are used to seeing the way that film records B&W, and this is not at all the same as the way digital sees it. Even using the desaturation process in Photoshop won't give you a good B&W image. You need to be prepared to work with curves and levels, or to use a custom filter or action to get a good film approximation. The SilverOxide plugins are pretty good, albeit a bit expensive. I use their HP5 filter as a starting point, because it provides the curves I'm looking for in my particular way of working. Like any B&W work however, you really need to be prepared to invest time in producing the final image, in exactly the same way as you would in the darkroom.
Thanks for info. Are you using one? How is it? Please tell me your experience. I think the price is not cheap although it's not expensive either. Since photo stuff budget is tighten here, I'll stuck with my photoshop grayscale mode --put it back to RGB mode--adjust level, contrast, etc to make it looks B&W enough. I even had that in one of my picture that goes to Lucky Strike photo exhibition. Others use the real B&W, and mine using lambda. Result, few photographers ask my wife, where do I print such thing. They don't dare to ask me and (I think) they didn't know that it was from color slide.
PS1. The demo version for MacOs X is for display only. PS2. The IR version looks tempting for me.
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