Shoot in color then convert to B&W


Article Excerpt: “A word of advice, never shoot using the in camera black and white setting. Even though some cameras give you some control with different black and white types, it is better to take the photos in color and then convert them in an editing program. That way, you will have more control over the final result and you will always have a color version of the photo in case you changed your mind and decided the color version is better. So, shoot in color and convert to black and white later, and remember to get an exposure as accurate as possible in order to pass smoothly through the conversion stage…Whatever the thing you want to photograph, the first stage is always preparation and shooting. The human eye sees only in color which is, of course, absent in black and white photos. In this monochromatic reproduction of the world, it’s necessary to find other elements that would highlight the subject. You are only left with lighting, textures, lines and shapes to make the photo stand out.”~Yassine Hakimi from his article The Magic of Black and White Photography


6 responses

  1. I always thought I was cheating by converting from colour instead of shooting straight to b&w. Glad to know it’s okay to do that 🙂

    February 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Hehe. Its the process used by professionals and enthusiasts, shoot in color then convert to B&W. It gives more leeway and control during conversion and editing, and you can always revert to color if the image doesn’t look good in B&W. Thanks Hannah!

      February 24, 2013 at 12:47 am

  2. I too am glad to know this, 😉 always thought I was going in the back door, so to speak.

    February 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Now you can go through your entire color pics in your collection and see which ones look great at B&W. Thanks Lynne!

      February 26, 2013 at 3:47 am

  3. I love the clarity of this shot. So sharp.

    February 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you Mary-Ann!

      February 26, 2013 at 3:47 am

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