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tolusina:

--- Quote from: blaydese on July 09, 2012, 04:15:54 AM ---I see you shot in color then converted to black and white, I'm looking for shooting in black and white from the get go, and trying to use my mind and "see" the world in black and white as I shoot, but I'm finding it difficult to imagine that.  My mentor stated he can do that sort of.  Have you ever heard of doing this?....
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--- Quote from: Kernuak on July 09, 2012, 04:19:24 PM ---The best B&W photographers "see" in B&W. Part of the trick is looking for shapes, patterns and textures, but mood comes into it too. When it comes to digital, conversions often work better than actually shooting in B&W, as to get the best tones, you need the full tonal range to start with. Digital B&W settings tend to be too flat to get real impact, without alot of work (which you can't really do from a jpeg). Oversaturating before conversion can give some real impact. Of course black and white film is another story, as it has been designed differently.

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--- Quote from: Ivan Muller on February 13, 2013, 06:58:57 AM ---.........
Seeing in B&W comes naturally if you shoot B&W all the time...when you mix it it becomes more difficult. Think about this.....in the days of film i shot almost exclusively b&w with my 4x5 field camera. the view on the ground glass was upside down...but I never noticed it, it becomes completely natural after a while...Ansel Adams talked about pre visualization..i o w you 'see' the final, in his case, print, before you trip the shutter....thus you teach yourself how the tones and contrast etc etc will look before you make the image... the mind can do anything, all it take s is a bit of practice!

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@blaydese;
Shoot in RAW + JPG, set your camera to shoot in B+W. Your review on the camera screen will be the embedded JPG in B+W, the JPG on your computer will also be B+W, the RAW will be in color.
In post, the color RAW will give you the most to work with to get to what you visualized as you shot.

Ansel was real big on visualization. He worked hard getting things just so in camera with his zone system, film and filter choices all the while visualizing what else he was going to do in post, both while developing and printing.
Ansel was well aware that digital imaging was in the fairly near future, I think he'd be delighted with what he could do with RAW and post.
 
 
 
 
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Stubi:
Your pics are good but too busy.
Try being more specific on which subject catches your eye and frame that as your main focus.

sandymandy:
Set your camera style to "monochrome" and shoot in RAW. Easy peasy.

Zv:
In my experience high contrast scenes are always going to work well, look for deep shadows next to bright highlights. Sharp, clearly defined edges. Texture such as stones, rocks and brickwork all work well too. For skies look for storm clouds or clouds with definition. Portraits can work well if you know how to light them in a dramatic way.

For post processing I use Nik Software Silver Efex pro. The high structure preset really brings out the detail. A quick n dirty method I use in LR is to convert to black and white in the basic tab then crank up the blacks and overexpose until the whites are almost blown. Then add clarity and contrast to taste.

I used to convert almost half my pics to black n white simply because of ugly lighting and color that i wanted to hide. I now try and work on my composition and lighting. I only convert to black and white now if I have a specific reason to. It's too easy to fall into that "oh it looks crap in color so I'll just do it black n white" routine.

Most color shots with good lighting also work well as a B&W.

RS2021:
Similar "general" guidelines that apply to photojournalism also apply to street work though the priority in the former is to get the shot (artistry counts, but the documentation counts even more and could mean the difference between a check and a smile from the desk editor)...street photography though based on similar ideals is somewhat less deadline oriented and more condusive to atristic experimentation...having started out in the former and a practioner of the latter, I can say converting from color is fine in the digital era... there is nothing inherently wrong with shooting in color and converting in post.

I do agree "seeing in B&W" is important. The street photographers and photojournalist I admire see in "tones" first even before they frame the shots.

Here are a few I posted under 35L thread that rely on contrast and gradation and not on color.
 

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