Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
If you scroll down the list of picture styles, you'll find this Monochrome entry. This automatically converts your images to black and white. Now, personally I would not recommend ever using this. If you've watched my Foundations of Photography: Black and White course, then you know that black and white conversion is a really important part of the black and white shooting process. It's where you have a tremendous amount of creative control. It's where you really get to define what colors equate to what grayscale tones.
If you just choose this picture style, then you're getting a default, recipe based, kind of cookie cutter conversion that might look okay, but it might not be the best conversion you could have. Still, one advantage to shooting this way is if you're in a hurry, or if you're not in the practice of visualizing in black and white, this is a way of seeing your images in black and white on the LCD screen. Notice I've got these ends here. That's because if I go in and edit the Monochrome picture style, I have some different options here. I still have Sharpness and Contrast, but instead of saturation, which would be irrelevant to black and white shooting, I have Filter effect.
So if I come down here, I can say yellow, orange, red, or green. This is just like shooting black and white film with one of these filters over the lens. So if you're used to doing that, this is a way that you can regain that level of functionality, and actually have some control over how different colors are toned in your final image. Finally, I have a Toning effect here, which allows me to apply sepia, blue, purple, or green tones. Sepia is going to give me an old-time look. These others are going to give me more of a stylized look.
So all of that's built-in right here. I can dial those in, and have those features automatically applied to a monochrome conversion of every image that I shoot. Again, not the best choice for black and white shooting, but perhaps a good option if you are in a hurry, or just curious about experimenting with black and white, and you're having trouble visualizing it through the camera.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
164 Video lessons · 48279 Viewers
64 Video lessons · 84241 Viewers
86 Video lessons · 54164 Viewers
148 Video lessons · 91064 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.