B&W, The Art and the Z7
B&W is such a romantic, complicated and magical way to tell our visual story no matter the subject. The colors of black, white and all the shades of gray in between intice our imagination to explore and ponder. The drama light can bring to our photography is heightened, intensified and brought to life by all of this. That’s if-if we have all of those colors in our B&W photo. So along with everything else we have to do as photographers, B&W complicates it all by requiring that clean black, that clean white and everything in between. Going back through the blog here, you’ll find a minimum of nine methods of turning our color images to B&W in post. I’ve constantly been in search of the fastest, cleanest and best method to bring B&W to my digital world. At the same time, have fun doing it!
With every new camera body, one of the first things I do is shot the Monochrome or B&W Picture Control. I then take the color file into post, do my current B&W conversion and print. And so it was with the Z7 and that’s when it all changed. I set the Monochrome Picture Control settings (as seen below) and shot. The B&W photo appeared as B&W in PhotoMechanic as usual. I hit Cmd E and the Nef launches in ACR in B&W! Not only that, my settings are there from the camera. But the best part, the image appears as I shot it, no conversion required. And other than perhaps a tweak, the image is done, as in, no more B&W conversion in post, done! I can only speak for myself and my own photography, but the Z7 has made my B&W not only easy, fast and simple, but fun!