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01-15-2016, 08:43 PM   #1
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How to shoot B&W on K-5

On my K-100d, shooting in B&W was as easy as picking the b&w filter and shooting. What am I missing in trying to find the same functionality on my K-5? Any suggestions?

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Right arrow into the color mode panel and select B&W. Better to shoot in RAW and convert in PP, but that's just me. YMMV.
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I agree but...

it's an exercise in seeing in b&w.

And thanks. That's exactly what I'm looking for.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LeroyPK Quote
it's an exercise in seeing in b&w.
Works for me. I actually use my cell phone's camera with a B&W filter on it to 'look' at scene before shooting.

And I just realized you can have the B&W mode on and still shoot RAW. The thumbnail will show in B&W but the RAW data is the same and can be changed in PP.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote

And I just realized you can have the B&W mode on and still shoot RAW. The thumbnail will show in B&W but the RAW data is the same and can be changed in PP.
This is what I do all the time.
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If you use Pentax digital utility, you have the RAW in B&W there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by foto guy Quote
This is what I do all the time.
Funny how you can use a camera for years and still learn something new................
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If you use Pentax digital utility, you have the RAW in B&W there.
Good point as well. When I loaded my test photo into Lightroom of course the B&W thumbnail went away, replaced by the Lightroom one which is in color. I usually do B&W in SilverFX but having the B&W mode on in the camera is kinda cool.
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There are so many ways to convert colour to b&w, and sometimes the outcome varies greatly. This link is for gimp but Photoshop of course has all of these as well. Once you take layers into account so you can convert different parts of an images in different ways the options are almost limitless. https://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Color2BW/

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I would shoot in colour, and make it b&w in post production, where you can do all the stuff you want...
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or shoot in raw + and have both the raw and the B&W Jpeg
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Works for me. I actually use my cell phone's camera with a B&W filter on it to 'look' at scene before shooting.

And I just realized you can have the B&W mode on and still shoot RAW. The thumbnail will show in B&W but the RAW data is the same and can be changed in PP.
I had no idea this was possible, thank you for that!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Funny how you can use a camera for years and still learn something new................

When that stops it's time to look for something new to do...
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When that stops it's time to look for something new to do...
You got that right! But I think I have a long way to go before I need to worry................
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Right arrow into the color mode panel and select B&W. Better to shoot in RAW and convert in PP, but that's just me. YMMV.
Thanks! Another thing to try tonight.
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