Become color Blind

DSC_3082As I stated in my last post, when color is not the primary feature of your image it can distract your eye from seeing the story and can actually keep your eye from seeing the detail of the image.  If only there was a way that we could view our images in black and white to allow us to more clearly see the composition.

Wait, there is a way!

Camera settings:

  • Set your file type to RAW (This is a must!)
  • Set White Balance as you would for capturing a color image.
  • Set your Picture Control (Nikon) or Picture Styles (Canon) to Monochrome
  • Set your exposure with whichever method you normally use
  • Turn on your Live View

The image on the your LCD will be in Black and White, but you camera will still capture all the color imformation as usual. (I have tested this method on Nikon and Canon, I’m not sure about other brands.)23157720_10211258406715171_606213970_o

Use the black and white preview in Live View on your LCD to compose your image, paying special attention to the entire image for forms, lines, shapes and textures.

When you import your RAW files into your image editor (such as Lightroom, which is what I use) it will have all the color information, which is important even if you are going to convert to Black and white.

This method can vary from camera to camera, so it is best to do a test, so you will see how it works on your camera model.

So keep shooting and become color blind.

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About Bruce Wunderlich

Bruce Wunderlich is a photographer from Marietta, Ohio. He became interested in photography as a teenager in the 1970s, and has been a passionate student of the art ever since. Bruce recently won Photographer’s Choice award and Grand Prize at the 2015 Shoot the Hills Photography Competition in the Hocking Hills near Logan, Ohio. He has also instructed local classes in basic digital photography. Check out Bruce’s photos at Flickr
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