b&w with camera or photoshop?

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  1. dustinpedley

    dustinpedley TPF Noob!

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    Is there a difference in the quality of the colors and contrast (black, white, gray) when using the black and white setting on my camera vs. taking a color photo and editing it on photoshop?
     
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    Always do it in post, one if you ever wanted to see the color version you have it.

    And two, the contrast is much better this way.
     
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    +1
     
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    In post then you also have a color version
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree.

    And also, use a good method of converting to B&W....don't just desaturated it.
     
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    The difference between what the camera will do (greyscale) and what you can do with the color photo in post:

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    Always do it in post. And learn how to covert...dont just change it to greyscale or desaturated it. There are a many different methods.
     
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    As everyone said... always in PP do B&W...

    but sarah, I have to say, I like your 1st picture better. The second one looks flared out around the face and a bit scary. You can't see any detail on the face at all. A little over processed.
     
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    I shoot in raw, so when I set it to B&W it shows B&W on my camera's LCD so I can see if I got what I wanted, but the actual file is in color in RAW. Which I use to convert to B&W.....
     
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    Hey Big Mike or Sarah, can you post a link that we can read, on the proper method to convert to B/W in PP. Thanks
     
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    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thats the point of the second shot. A bit of high key contrast around the kid. I quite like it.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Like anything in Photoshop...there really isn't a 'proper' method...but plenty of different ways.

    Google Photoshop + 'Black & white' and see what you come up with.

    THIS thread contains a link (look further down) to the method/action that I most often use.
     
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    Cool, Thanks!
     

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