White Balance for BW

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by jdailey, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Does anyone go through a process for setting custom white balance if you have setup the camera to shoot Monochrome ??

  2. I don't think WB has any effect in B&W mode, at least on my cameras.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2017
  3. Yes!
    I was recently told keeping a color camera in AWB behind filters in front of the lens would be counterproductive. Just dial in something and don't fuzz about it. Also: Memory became dirt cheap and cameras turned much faster, so why not shoot RAWs on the side (just in case) and tell nobody about them? That way you can filter in post. - Might be worth it once in a while?
  4. Thanks for the feedback. I've shot B&W by setting in my DSLR and have been very happy with results. Just thought some feedback would be good.
  5. I shoot in raw and then convert to B&W in LR at which time I do adjust WB and individual colours in order to get the best look for the file before exporting to PS. While I do not shoot jpeg, I imagine the white balance setting would have to have an effect of the look of the jpeg.
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  6. I do what Gordon does. Shoot raw and then do my own conversion to black and white availing myself of the flexibility to convert colors and tones as I see fit.
  7. White balance in RAW is just a tag, not a setting. It has no effect until translated by a RAW converter. In-camera B&W is usually in the form of JPEG, as interpreted from the raw image in firmware.

    You have many more options for B&W filter effects when post-processing RAW images. Lightroom has a list of presets, as does Photomatix and AuroraHD, and a host of other programs. You can also make adjustments to the color channels in Photoshop for personalized effects.
  8. Kind of a puzzling proposal to get my head around. My camera has different varieties of monochrome. All to my knowledge balance to a built in RGB balance. And convert raw info into what the engine is told to make the JPEG look like. If I get it at all and I think I do...( one can still fuss with the resulting JPEG and substantially so by the way... So I would reply that the camera does the conversion to its formula. And if this is the reality, to white balance which is a color correction to a standard as I perceive it, is a moot t idea. Which is why I shoot color, convert and use the scales to emphasize or downplay a certain chroma combo. No is the short answer from this stance.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017
  9. +1 to Gordon's comment. I always shoot in color, then process for B&W, using the color sliders as I might filters on B&W film. This gives maximum control and flexibility.
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  10. Another person here who does almost all work in RAW and converts either jpgs or RAW files to B&W in post processing.

    Heavily massaged jpgs can "fall apart" as they are worked and printed large.
  11. Great comments folks,
  12. paul ron

    paul ron NYC


    Shoot in color and convert to B&W later using the color channels and color temp for effects like warm or cold papers.

  13. Like above, if you shoot raw it is not an issue.
  14. You can always go from color to b&w, not the other way. I also like the control I have from color in post. I head straight to nik silver efex. If you don't have it, you should, it's been free for a few years.

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