October Is Black & White Month
Now that fall is here and the leaves of the trees in my state are turning beautiful shades of red and yellow I figured it was a good time to set my camera to black and white for a month. I’ve seen plenty of fall colors in my life and with any luck there will be another colorful fall in 2014 so I wanted to try something different this year.
There are a couple of ways that you can set your Micro Four-thirds camera to shoot in black and white. You can set up a custom mode to be black and white. This way if you aren’t ready to take the black and white plunge completely you still have the P, A, S, M modes set to shoot in color. I started using this method and decided I wasn’t really taking this project seriously if I didn’t set every mode to shoot in black and white. Check out this short video on how to set your Micro Four-thirds camera to black and white.
For this to work you need to also remember you’ll be shooting JPEG files and not RAW files since RAW files will not record the black and white data. I’ve been shooting this way for a week or so and am getting addicted to it. The great thing about Micro Four-thirds cameras is that you see what your photographing in black and white because of the LCD and electronic viewfinder.
Note from Joe: Let’s get behind Mark and shoot lots of monochrome photographs in October. I’ll do my part and after a special Oct 2nd Wordless Wednesday, all of the rest of them will be in black and white.
Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at www.marktoalphotography.com . Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org