Tips for shooting B&W

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  1. darkpbstar

    darkpbstar TPF Noob!

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    hello, I have a D40, and have yet to take and Black and White shots, but want to, and am going out today so maybe I'll try. Do you have any tips for shooting B&W shots? These will be of buildings/city shots, which I like in B&W, at least the ones I've seen. Does my camera have the setting to take the picture in B&W or is it all post-processing? thanks alot!


     
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    Definitely shoot in color and then convert to B&W in PP with either the channel mixer or whatever. The key to B&W is to "see" in B&W which takes time and a lot taking shots and then seeing what they look like converted. Usually you want scenes with a good amount contrast/areas of light and dark so that your picture does not come out looking all one shade of gray. Good luck and I hope you post your results
     
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    I agree, shoot in color and then use software to convert images to B&W. The key to good digital B&W is in the editing.
     
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    alright thanks alot
     
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    I'm also going to add my vote to the "Shoot in colour and convert to B/W in the computer" party. If you do it in camera, you are stuck with whatever the camera does. If you do it in photoshop, you have a lot more flexibility when it comes to the conversion.
     
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    I too am in the conversion crowd. I tried using the B&W mode in my D80, just to see how well it worked. While it was better than it was, it wasnt as good as it needs to be.
     

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