Sometimes it is so great to shoot B&W photos in-camera. The best thing in this approach is that you can see a B&W image through the viewfinder or LCD. It really helps you understand things in monochrome – helps you see the gradations, tones, shadows, and highlights. Yes, I know, it is JPEGs then but usually the results are quite rewarding actually.
I have used all my cameras in B&W mode but below are some examples shot with Fuji X100 and Ricoh GR.
I really love how these tulips look like in B&W. And high-contrast B&W is even better. Beautiful metallic shine combined with a coarse looks makes it. Why to always shoot flowers in colors?
No. I do not have any insider information about next X100 series camera.
But I named my Fuji X100 as X100M. X100 Monochrom (sorry, Leica…). Well, obviously it is not only a name that changed but I put it to shoot B&W JPEGs. I deserve a special B&W camera. And X100 is perfect for that. I have special relationship with this camera, so, it suits well for a special task. X100 is also quite slow camera to work with. This is actually good for my monochrome work. Better not to have all fancy bells and whistles.
I use the following B&W settings:
- Film simulation: Monochrome + red filter
- Sharpness: M-Hard
- Highlight tone: M-Hard
- Shadow tone: Hard
- Noise reduction: M-Low
Those settings combined with the use of exposure compensation provide results I like. I may even attach again my TCL-X100 tele converter to test it with my new X100M. 🙂
May the Force be with me.
I tested in-camera RAW development with my Ricoh GR and I have to say that I was very positively surprised about the results I got. I think it will be handy tool for some of the shots. At least I can easily develop RAWs into my beloved high-contrast B&W and get much more details when my starting point will be a RAW shot. Below is an example of this (from RAW to high-contrast B&W). I did 1×1 cropping also in-camera.
Not a real one but a gingerbread-one. I used here Positive film effect when shooting with my Ricoh GRD IV and I love the colors.
1/125, f/1.9, ISO 566
I just love Tiitus’ expression in this shot. The harsh side light was perfect for this image.
I really love how my Ricoh GRD IV coped the tricky exposure and how nicely it rendered the bokeh in this shot. This was shot with ISO 1600 and I am quite happy with the result for a small sensor camera. I also like the in-camera bleach bypass effect which suits here very nicely. Bravo, GRD IV!
I have been testing many things and options with my Ricoh GRD IV and the situation is the same I have with every new camera – I do not know which shooting options to choose. Basically I would like to use this kind of a small camera in JPEG mode and just shoot and make only very minor post-processing in Lightroom. I am quite much into B&Ws at the moment but I do not know if I am pleased to in-camera high-contrast ones. I made some adjustments for the in-camera HC B&W effect and I feel it is now going into the better direction. I have also been testing the normal in-camera B&Ws but they still are too “mild” to my liking.
There is also a possibility to shoot image effect bracketing with Ricoh GRD IV and that is a very nice option which I tested out but in the end I didn’t like the multiple JPEGs from every shot. Too much to go through in LR and too many decision to make. I would like to keep things as simple as possible. Occasionally I like the bleach bypass effect a lot but the problem is that I will get bored with it quite easily.
The easiest answer to all above would be to shoot RAW but I do not shoot RAW anymore even with my Fujis. Well, with my Nikon 1 V1 I do shoot RAW because I do not like its JPEG output. It seems I have to test more options with my GRD IV. Here are two shots to show the JPEG output in HC B&W mode and in bleach bypass mode. I like them both.