Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Chrissie_Lay, Jul 12, 2016.
Vote on this week's poll - If you use a digital camera, do you use the in-camera black & white mode?
I have always taken my images in colour and converted later (if appropriate) however my daughter puts the camera into B&W mode so she can review on the screen immediately and as I am very impressed with her images I will probably change myself.
Use mainly raw+jpeg so can easily have colour or mono but by far the majority of my stuff is close-ups or macros and they don't really work in mono.
I never use jpeg so it comes down to post-processing.
For a short while I used monochrome settings for post capture review to see if it changed my assessment of a composition but I tend not to "chimp" on the spot. If I review on camera it will be while having a coffee somewhere. Therefore it was largely pointless and I reverted to using colour.
When I started using a digital camera I envisaged doing 90% mono and 10% colour and bought a printer suited to mono work. In practice it has proved 0.1% and 99.9% as the colour is so good.
I don't use the in-camera Black and White because I shoot in raw but I suppose it might be worth a try with a spare body.
I have done using it as a guide mode and maybe I should more often - if only as training in seeing mono potential....
I probably could drop my IR camera into mono permanently as the custom WB means the 'colour' image is almost mono anyway...
No, that's what film is for.
when I want mono I set the camera to raw mono to compose in live view. I can always change my mind in post processing and switch back to colour but I don't.
My eyes see colour, therefore I shoot in colour, never mono
Certaintly not. I shoot raw and decide development later.
Why lose the capability of using various experiments in filtering?
That's what film can be for. Cock it up in camera on film, and that's it. Cock it up in raw, up to a point, but with retrospective colour filtering you may recover the shot, or even be experimental. And better still one can experiment and learn at leisure. Of course one can just bung on a red filter, use film, and landscapes can have all the drama of the 1950's. (and there isn't anything wrong with 1950's monochrome landscapes) well not much.
If a digital camera offers it up, then I don't see why I wouldn't use it.
There are no advantages at all in using the in camera black and white converter.
All options remain open when you shoot raw.
I always shoot in RAW when using a digital camera with that ability.
When I'm composing my pictures I generally know which ones will end up as colour and which will be back and white.
You need to be fairly impressively incompetent to "cock up" a B+W film image to the point where it's unusable. Gross underexposure is about the only possibility.
Ah yes...I remember it well. As a youth I sometimes used to mistakenly think that I could take photographs in near darkness, expecting the science fiction-like super-speed of HP5 to capture every exquisite detail.
I recall unspooling newly-developed rolls of film, fresh from the developing tank, and seeing almost absolutely clear frames with perhaps just the odd pinpoint of black from a light source or two...
The foolishness of youth!
In the Days much earlier than that (Late 40's) there was a short craze of developing to infinity. Which increased sensitivity but 4.5 stops
But obviously increase the gamma and grain and base fog in proportion.
Asa 100 became about 1000.......( kodak super xx, in D76)
It only worked with non solvent developers and entailed extended development of at least an hour.
Some examples from my school days.
To the best of my recollection (i.e. I'm too lazy to check) the original DIN standard was based on development to gamma infinity, and William Mortensen used something very similar.
The current ISO gamma is quite high (approximately 0.62) and twenty years ago the Japanese members of the ISO standards committee were constantly lobbying to have it dropped to more like 0,56.
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Love this pic!
I love the pictures too - they have real sense of time and place about them if you take my meaning.
I shoot RAW.... if the subject suits the B/W treatment, then I convert afterwards.
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