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Shooting in black & white with Nikon and Canon cameras

My camera is set up to shoot to black & white almost all the time. Do not think that I’m a solely black & white photographer. I neither want to loose the benefits of color channels in my camera image. So I use the way to benefit from both color and black & white images.

First I’d like to share my benefits of shooting to black & white, which is not always the same as having the final result in black & white:

  • It is tremendously easier to evaluate composition on the camera LCD without the distraction of the image color. In this way my composition can be stronger.
  • It is easier to see resulting light on a black&white image. Thus I can catch some potential problems, and fix it more effectively.
  • There is definitely time and place for a stunning B&W image, but we do not realize it sometimes. Having black & white image aside with the color version helps me to catch those moments in post-production without even doing any conversions. It saves time.

The image in the title is a good example of the black & white estimation. It was taken in the Grand Canyon, where with all the possibilities of that magnificent place, black & white photography is limited to just the lucky sunset minutes. During the daytime huge distances, and air effects, make image washed out, demanding a lot of post-production for an Okay result. That’s why, I even turn off the black & white mode in the Grand Canyon. That time I caught the snow storm in the Canyon. The contrast was absolutely different, and I love the result in black&white with very minor editing. The idea of black&white was already cleaar to me on the camera LCD.

How to change Picture Style in Canon cameras

  1. Select the second Shooting Menu tab (red one). Alternatively you can simply press the Picture Style button on your EOS DSLR (img.1).

    img. 1
    img. 1
  2. Scroll down to [Picture Style] in menu list, then press Set.
  3. Select Monochrome and press Set (img.2).

    img. 2


How to change Picture Controls in Nikon cameras

  1. Open the Shooting menu (img.3),

    or press the ‘i’ button on the back of your camera (img.4). Older cameras have  ‘info’ button – first button press shows the info display, second allows to navigate and change settings on it.

  2. Select Set Picture Control in the menu and press OK, or right joystick button.
  3. Select Monochrome and press OK (img.5).



How to get a color image together with the black&white one

Well, if you are only shooting to JPEG, it is impossible to have two JPEGs at ones (color + black & white). If you are shooting to RAW, then understand that RAW files are always untouched, original channels of your camera, what you see on the camera LCD display is a preview JPEG, where camera includes all the in-camera treatments. Thus you have two options:

  1. Set up camera to black & white, and shoot in RAW only. Then you will see the LCD display photos in black & white, but you will only have a single RAW color image from the camera.
  2. Set up camera to black & white, and shooting mode to RAW + JPEG. Then in addition to the color RAW you’ll have a black & white JPEG, as you saw it on LCD.

The primer option saves you time and disk space, and may be a better choice if your only need black & white to estimate composition and light while shooting.

As usually, I’ll be glad to answer your questions, or provide more clarification on the topic of this article:

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