Do you shoot in colour or black and white for best results?
Colour or Black and White
Black and white photography is timeless and never before has it been easier to shoot in both colour and black and white without changing film. Most DSLR’s have the ability or preset mode/style/user setting to be able to shoot in black and white meaning that you can instantly see on the rear screen how the image will look.
Important Note: This is a HUGE benefit of shooting or learning to shoot RAW as opposed to JPEG. If you shoot JPEG (Fine, medium or whatever), the image taken is in black and white and will stay black and white. However…if you shoot the image in RAW whilst in “monochrome” mode, you can switch back to colour later on in the RAW processing software, ingenious.
We cover this in more detail with a short video in the DSLR section here.
Once you decide to have a “black and white day”, set your camera appropriately, get out and about and I can guarantee you will see the world through completely different eyes. You will learn to see scenic’s and landscapes that you just know will look better in black and white or even sepia…it can be a great topic and opens up a whole new world to your photography.
You could even try shooting portraits in black and white because when you remove the colour elements from a person, their personality can shine through even more…try it.
Of course, you can always shoot colour (either JPEG or RAW) and convert it later during post processing but I like to set the camera to monochrome so that every time I shoot an image, I see it in black and white immediately and am in “black and white mode” for as long as I wish.
If you really want to get funky, switch to black and white mode, stick a red filter on the front and see what it does to cloudy skies! The contrast is heavily increased as the filter darkens the sky yet brightens the clouds…very dramatic!