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From the author of Improve Your Monochrome Vision

Improve Your Monochrome Vision

Learning to see in black and white takes a lot of practice, but even for the most seasoned of us it can be a challenge at times—some images just don’t seem to work. If you’re like me and you struggle on occasion, then you might want to consider using your monochrome setting on your camera but with this caveat—only if you shoot using the RAW file format. The beauty behind using the RAW file format and shooting in monochrome is we get to see the black and white .jpg version on the back of our camera’s display while still being able to capture all the color data. However, if you’re using the .jpg file format then you’re telling your camera to ignore all color data and process the image as a black and white.

That’s the reason for the caveat. Shooting in monochrome can be incredibly helpful for evaluating a scene and determining if the composition lends itself well to a black and white treatment. If you’re new to black and white photography, then check your camera’s user manual and try to locate the monochrome setting (see Figure 5).

Figure 5 Monochrome setting.

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