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Earlier when we looked at the list of picture styles that the Rebel provides you saw that there was a monochrome one and you may think, wow, this is great. This means that I can just shoot black and white images and see exactly what they look like on the viewfinder, and that's good, because I often have trouble visualizing what a black and white scene may look like. That's all true, but still I really recommend that you do not use the monochrome picture style. One of the great advantages of black and white shooting is you can choose exactly what shade of gray any particular object will be in your scene. There is no the default right grayscale conversion from color when you're shooting in black and white and if you use the monochrome picture style you're using Canon's canned recipe for black and white, and it may be okay for some images, but it's not going to be okay for all.
You really don't want to give up that control of the color to black and white conversion. If you'd like to know more about that, you can find out all the details in my Foundations of Photography: Black and White course.
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