Friday, March 21, 2008
Bingeing on Monochrome
A couple of days ago I came across a thread on one of the forums about the pros and cons of shooting in camera monochrome images. There is a segment that obviously feels that allowing the camera to do the monochrome conversion as opposed to twittering your time away in Photoshop is pedestrian simplemindedness at best.
The most humorous suggested that he was taught in Nikon School that shooting monochrome in camera produced reduced resolution because monochrome only used one of the three channels. This person apparently had never shot an in camera monochrome and then opened it in a converter that did not recognize the camera setting. Had he, he would realize that the monochrome comes out in full color. Or maybe he thought the two missing channels were extrapolated from the single color channel used by monochrome.
Most were incensed that anyone would be so foolish. Well, I have never admitted to being anything more than a simple minded fool so I occasionally shoot in camera monochrome. As a matter of fact, that thread stirred the desire to do some monochrome images so for the past couple of days I have been shooting in camera monochromes and I will probably shoot more.
BTW, opinion, even if you do intend to twiddle away in Photoshop to achieve a monochrome image, I believe that it is advantageous to shoot in camera monochrome so that you see the image as monochrome on the LCD. And like me you may not feel that the results you achieve are all that bad.