quick question about B&W photos

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  1. ISI_Stang06

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    i was just wondering, when taking black and white photos, is it best to set the camera to b&w or just switch it to b&w in photoshop? is it the same thing?
     
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    It is not the same thing. You will have a lot more options and control with Photoshop (or other software). If you are getting good results, and need BW right out of the camera, there's nothing wrong with setting the camera to BW. With some practice you will probably find that you can get better BW from a color photo in Photoshop, and that's what the common advice is.
     
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    I agree.

    Also, I suggest shooting in RAW, which always gives you a color image anyway. What some people do, is to shoot in RAW but also set it to B&W. This should give you a B&W preview on the camera, but also give you the RAW image will all the color info, so you can have it in color if you want, or use Photoshop to convert it with more freedom.
     
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    thanks,
    yeah i always shoot in color and then switch to b&w in photoshop, that way it gives me the option to work w/it or leave it in color.

    i was just wondering if setting the camera would give me better results and make the b&w look more crisp
     

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