Geoff Thompson's picture

Do you shoot black and white first or convert afterwards?

Might be a dumb question but I love the fact we can do that these days.Here are some shots from Sydney that I thought came out well in black and white. What do you think? Black and white conversion gives pics a timeless look I think.

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David Pavlich's picture

Not a dumb question. it's certainly simpler to let the camera do the conversion and really, the results aren't that bad.

I convert after I do some preliminary processing in LR. Silver Efex Pro 2 is a fairly powerful program that gives you a lot of control over the conversion. I like the control I have over the conversion.

There's a couple of presets that also present a good starting point, depending on what you're trying to accomplish.

Geoff Thompson's picture

Thanks David for the tips.

joseph cole's picture

after but i think I'm going to try shooting in B&W more often

Geoff Thompson's picture

It's very educational to do so. There was a recent post here about shooting everything at a wedding in raw and black and white mode. In post you can use the colour version. Great idea.

Not at all a dumb question. I shoot in colour and then convert after some basic processing in Lightroom - I export it into Silver Efex Pro 2 for the conversion and final processing. Shooting in colour gives you the flexibility to process selectively (meaning you can increase or decrease the tones related to specific colours).

Geoff Thompson's picture

Thanks Ram for your comments. Seems I should look at Silver Efex Pro2.

Geoff Thompson's picture

Thanks for responding Michelle. I looked at your profile and it seems you are a good allrounder. I have and have had family members working in a similar day job to yours and also music and sport has been a big part of our family as well. Keep up the good work.