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Old 15-11-2009, 06:37   #1 (permalink)
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shooting monochrome with D90

hello good people, just getting into using the cmera and went down to the coast yesterday to get some shots in the windy weather, i was shooting in raw and set to monochrome. pics came up in B&W in the viewfinder but once i got them up on the pc they were reverted back to colour.... is this normal ? if so is there a way of keeping them in monochrome as shot.
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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

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i was shooting in raw and set to monochrome. pics came up in B&W in the viewfinder but once i got them up on the pc they were reverted back to colour....

What editing software are you using?.... and what Format have you tried?.. have you tried the JPG yet?

There is a possibility that what you are using may not support the monochrome conversion in RAW...
I found references to the fact that in RAW B&W mode, only NX2 will support the Monochrome, unless you take the shots in JPG.

I have also found references that the picture "Suffers" from the D90's "Interpretation" of B&W, and that you can get better results in editing software.

Best suggestions are to take one shot in full colour, and then a JPG in B&W as a reminder, then do the conversion in Editor, and compare the two to see what comes out best.

Good luck.... and can we see the results?...
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Old 15-11-2009, 08:22   #3 (permalink)
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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

hi, thanks for that quick reply, using cs4 will try a few shots in jpeg colour & mono and yes will post some results as soon as i can get it done...
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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

I think the B&W setting will only work if you use jpeg files.

However, you should not use that setting to get monos. You are far better off doing the conversion in PP. Why? Because the greyscale the camera will do for you will only have 256 shades. A colour image will have millions of shades, so converting photos in software will result in your image having many more shades (even if it won't have millions like the colour shades) so will be smoother where tones change more subtley.

If you shoot with the mono settings your camera will be 'throwing away' much of the image.
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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

Convert your images to mono when you do your image editing on the computer its easier and you get much better results! well thats my opinion anyway, and if you intend to print them out well there is another technique to learn about printer settings! when you use the raw settings I dont think it matters what setting you tell your camera to do! most camera settings only work with jpeg settings, again thats my opinion!
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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

Converting your images to mono when you do your image editing also allows the simulation of using different filters, that can lead to much more dramatic effects.
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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

As others have said convert to monochrome later and stay in RGB so you can benefit from a much greater range of tones. You can also control the monochrome conversion to get the best from the shot. The monochrome mode is only useful for getting an idea of what the image will look like in monochrome. However, most regular monochrome workers can "see a subject in monochrome" when they take the image even though it is in colour.

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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

excellent...... gonna get out and experiment with a few shots

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Re: shooting monochrome with D90

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However, most regular monochrome workers can "see a subject in monochrome" when they take the image even though it is in colour.
I have to agree with that.....
I have taken a few thinking "I wonder what this will look like in B&W", but have never tried doing it in the camera...
Mainly because the 2inch screen on the back of a camera, for me, is only there to check the picture has taken OK, because you cant really see much detail back there...
I much prefer the 19inch screen on the computer for doing alterations.

Never thought about the 256 shade thing Graham spoke of...is that right?... if so, I dont think I will bother checking out the "Effects" menu at all in the camera.....
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