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Classic Black-and-White Portraits

There is a certain classic look to black-and-white portraiture (Figure 4.11). By eliminating color in emphasizing dark and light tones, we can experience a portrait subject in a very different way than we do with a traditional color photograph.

Figure 4.11

Figure 4.11 Though most of my images are made in color, some images look best rendered as black and white. In this image, I added a slight sepia tint to provide a classic look to the portrait of a fiddler.

Though I preferred to shoot color images and then later convert the images to black and white, the 5D Mark III allows you to see the captured image as a black-and-white image on your camera’s LCD monitor when you shoot in the Monochrome picture style. If you’re shooting JPEGs, the saved file will be a black-and-white image. If you’re shooting raw, the original raw file will still be in color, allowing you to convert the shot into black and white using your favorite photo-editing application.

Whether you shoot and capture raw files or JPEGs, setting the display for black and white can be a great educational tool to begin to learn to see the world in black and white.

To Set Your Picture Style to Monochrome, Follow these Steps:

  1. Press the Creative Photo/Comparative playback (Two-image display)/Direct print button, and use the Main Dial to select the Picture Style mode. Press the Setting button.
  2. Use the Quick Control Dial to select Monochrome Picture Style. Press the Setting button.

Your camera will continue to shoot with the Monochrome picture style until you change it to another setting.

To Customize the Picture Style Settings, Follow these Steps:

  1. When you’re in the Picture Style section of the menu where you selected Monochrome, press the Info button located to the left of your viewfinder.
  2. Use the multi-controller to highlight the setting you want to change, and press the Setting button.
  3. Use the multi-controller to move the cursor to a new position on the scale (the default setting will remain marked with a gray arrow) or to select a different filter, and press the Setting button.
  4. Perform the same process for the other options. Then press the Menu button to return to the regular menu screen. You can now start shooting with your new settings.
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