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Lighting for B & W & canon 20D
Old 07-24-2005, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm scheduled to do a shoot with a model that wants all images done in B&W. I can set my Canon 20D to shoot B&W. So here's the question... Do I set the lighting up the same as I would for color? I usually use a basic setup of a main light at f8 and a second light at f5.6, and set the camera to shoot f8. Or, should I just shoot in color and than change it in PS?
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Old 07-24-2005, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would recommend you shoot in color and do the conversion to B&W yourself in photoshop. Take a look at the B&W images I did. I shot in color on my 20D and then used Convert to B&W Pro (www.theimagingfactory.com) to create the B&W's. There are numerous other plugins and techniques for this. It's easy to turn color into B&W. Shooting color in camera will give you more options downstream in post processing.
Someone else can give you more info on lighting. I tend to shoot one light and use a reflector.

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Old 07-24-2005, 12:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank's Tim,
If I set the camera mode to B&W and shot the pictures the image in the viewfinder is in B&W, but than the download the image PSCS2 shows the image in color.... I guess that's where I'm confused. If PS is going to show the image in color, why set the camera to B&W?
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Old 07-24-2005, 02:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Very simple solution. Choose the RAW + Large Fine JPEG setting (p 46 of manual) and choose B/W (p 59-60) and you'll get both. The JPEG will be B/W with whatever settings you choose and the RAW will have all the data so you can do a B/W conversion in PS or have the color image also. You get the best of both worlds.
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If you choose RAW as your shooting mode, then you'll see the previews in color and you'll get a RAW image. If you choose RAW + JPEG, then you'll see the preview in BW and the JPEG will be BW. The RAW will be color.
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OK, just one more question, and I think I know the answer but let me double check just to make sure. When shooting is the B&W mode, is your light set up any different than for color?
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You can use the same lights for color as B/W. But some photographers may want a different lighting ratio when shooting B/W. But that is very subjective. I would say to go with a 2/1 or 3/1 and you'll be okay.
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