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I Love In-Camera Black & White!


(Nikon D700, Nikon 12-24 DX at 20mm (FX) – SOOC w/ “Monochrome” picture control, contrast +3, orange conversion filter.)


I really like the sense of commitment that comes with shooting in-camera B&W. (Thank you Becker for teaching me to be brave with my JPG processing!) Thinking about images BEFORE you click them will help keep your artistic eye as sharp as possible.

In my opinionated opinion, getting geeky about camera equipment and stuff is like running with scissors- if you’re not careful, you might lose your eye. Megapixels, Photoshop, and “RAW headroom” have almost nothing to do with how compelling an image turns out.

Okay, maybe in a professional situation it’s a little risky to crank your contrast to the max, unless you’re shooting RAW and you’re just pretending to risk everything. (Which is probably the smarter choice most of the time, and is the case for this particular image…)

Yes, for the album, or a wall canvas, the images will receive plenty of love in Photoshop, burning and dodging and whatnot. But either way, the goal is to capture an image that can stand on it’s own two feet BEFORE all the editing.

At the very least, think about how images look on the back of the camera. It’s fun to challenge yourself each time you click an image. There’s always room for improvement, playing with light, pushing the envelope… I look forward to each new opportunity to assess light, location, and try to bring out the absolute best my eye has to offer. :-)

More soon,
=Matt=

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October 23, 2010 - 12:19 PM Stephen Knuth - Dude! This image rocks!!! Well done. :)

October 24, 2010 - 7:12 PM Matthew Saville - Thanks Stephen! Can't wait to blog more... :-)

November 10, 2010 - 11:05 PM Chris Fawkes - That is one sensational image Matthew.

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