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Hi all,.

Just curious about shooting "Black and White" with my Canon 40D. I know it has a "monochrome" mode, but is the picture quality the same as shooting with a film camera and b & w film? Or, is it not really meant to shoot high quality, high contrast, etc. in b & w?.

As always, thank you in advance,.

Steve..

Comments (9)

I'm sure B&W is high quality out of the camera but I'd shoot color and convert it to B&W on the computer so you have both versions of the shot....Dennis..

Comment #1

5D DjD wrote:.

I'm sure B&W is high quality out of the camera but I'd shoot colorand convert it to B&W on the computer so you have both versions ofthe shot....Dennis.

Ditto. Show in RAW and covert in the PSCS3 Raw Processor, which has great B&W conversion tools...

Comment #2

SullyC5R-427 wrote:.

5D DjD wrote:.

I'm sure B&W is high quality out of the camera but I'd shoot colorand convert it to B&W on the computer so you have both versions ofthe shot....Dennis.

Ditto. Show in RAW and covert in the PSCS3 Raw Processor, which hasgreat B&W conversion tools..

Ditto Ditto - definitely shoot it in color and convert. In PS you can go to the Image tab, scroll to mode and click on the B&W and it will ask if you want to discard color information. Hit yes, voila ... but just ensure you made a copy of it prior or "save as" "as copy" and don't save changes to the file you have open which will mean you should have two when all is said and done. A color and b&w...

Comment #3

SullyC5R-427 wrote:.

5D DjD wrote:.

I'm sure B&W is high quality out of the camera but I'd shoot colorand convert it to B&W on the computer so you have both versions ofthe shot....Dennis.

Ditto. Show in RAW and covert in the PSCS3 Raw Processor, which hasgreat B&W conversion tools..

Please tell me what PSCs3 stands for? I am sure the PS is PhotoShop, beyound that, I'm clueless....

Thanks,.

Steve..

Comment #4

Solar wrote:.

SullyC5R-427 wrote:.

5D DjD wrote:.

I'm sure B&W is high quality out of the camera but I'd shoot colorand convert it to B&W on the computer so you have both versions ofthe shot....Dennis.

Ditto. Show in RAW and covert in the PSCS3 Raw Processor, which hasgreat B&W conversion tools..

Ditto Ditto - definitely shoot it in color and convert. In PS you cango to the Image tab, scroll to mode and click on the B&W and it willask if you want to discard color information. Hit yes, voila ... butjust ensure you made a copy of it prior or "save as" "as copy"and don't save changes to the file you have open which will mean youshould have two when all is said and done. A color and b&w..

Will any version of Photoshop do this? I have PhotoShop Version 7 for Windows....

Thanks,.

Steve..

Comment #5

SoCalStev1 wrote:.

Please tell me what PSC#3 stands for? I am sure the PS is PhotoShop,beyound that, I'm clueless....

Thanks,.

Steve.

Sorry about that. Photoshop CS3 which is the newest version. It has several new tools, some of which are for B&W...

Comment #6

SoCalStev1 wrote:.

Will any version of Photoshop do this? I have PhotoShop Version 7for Windows....

Thanks,.

Steve.

Like most software, each new version offers additional or improves tools. Photoshop CS3 is very good, with numerous improvements, especially processing RAW..

Here is a link to additional info...http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/photoshop/upgrade/..

Comment #7

Yep, ditto what all the other respondents have said. Even if you shoot jpegs, you have much more control over the B& W conversion if you shoot in color and convert later..

One quick and easy technique I like is to convert using the channel mixer. Just check the monochrome box and use the RGB sliders, much as you would use colored filters when shooting B & W film to darken or lighten skies or to separate two different colours with similar tonal values..

Here is an example. The first B&W images is a straight conversion, the second and third using different RGB channel values..

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Comment #8

After Photoshop 7 they started to tack on the CS after Photoshop. The CS stands for "Creative Suite"..

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