One of the great things about digital photography is the endless forms of creative output you can produce with your pictures. And the question inevitably comes up whether one should shoot in Black and White or convert my Colored shots later into Black and White (Sepia,etc.). And here's my answer: I always shoot in Color first, then decide later if I wish to change them to B&W. 2 previous images of mine that I posted in our blog post on portraits (my grandson Roman & my dog Princess) were first color shots that I later changed to B&W for dramatic effect. When you shoot in color, you allow yourself the choice of changing it in any manner you wish, but if you shoot in B&W or Sepia, you lose the natural color palette that was once in the shot, and it is not recoverable, thereby restricting full creative control of the picture.
You do not lose any quality in your image in doing so and keep your options open. Of course, that would mean spending some time editing your shot(s) with software. Making the critical choice of changing the color may mean that you may wish to may to do additional tweaking of the image involving the tonal range & gray scale (You zone system folks out there will rejoice in that!) . Less critical folks will find that you can change an image from color to B&W or sepia with one push of a button! So, pick a photo you like & change it! You may really like (or LOVE ) the results! ( Photo by Fred Bonilla) Next question to cover ( #8) is "What's the difference between optical zoom & digital zoom?" We'll cover that on Friday. On the photo news front, NBC continues to take video from a DSLR to a new level by filming the opening credits of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Version 2.0) with a Canon EOS 7D, following what SNL did this year with their opening credits: http://pmanewsline.com/2010/03/24/tonight-show-opening-sequence-gets-dslr-video-treatment/ Digital Point & Shoot Basics class tomorrow night at 7, right here in the store... See you then!