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The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook by Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

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Black-and-White Conversion Using a RAW Editor

Nowadays, many DSLRs have built-in black-and-white functionality. Some even include simulations for specific film types but without the ability to control the settings involved. We don’t use this feature because we don’t want to risk missing a great color image, and because converting images later on a computer gives us much more control over the conversion process. The only potential advantage of shooting directly in black-and-white is that you aren’t distracted by color during processing.

Monochrome images offer an attractive degree of abstraction compared with color images, but they require a very different technical and emotional approach. It is all too easy to allow yourself to be distracted by ...

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