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I find it helpful (at times) in composition. Color can be distracting both visually and emotionally. Other times, e.g. wildflower photography it helps to be able to see the image in color while arranging the various elements in the scene. I shoot RAW, and I have a camera (Sony a7R) with an electronic viewfinder.


That depends on how much freedom you need/want. Somebody using a large format view camera might be asking a DSLR user how it's even remotely possible to take half decent images with such a limited device. Why would you use a telephoto lens giving up the freedom to crop a wide shot in post processing? And why would anybody take images with a wide open ...


Long exposure astrophotography is often done with a monochrome sensor to maximize the number of photons captured from a faint source. Relatively short exposures with separate Red, Green, and Blue filters are sufficient to color the image, but the longer unfiltered channel provides more detail in the structure of what's being imaged. You can replicate the ...


Yes. If you have difficulty visualizing an image in B&W, shooting in B&W gives you a good approximation of the final image at the time of shooting so you can adjust; many digital cameras can even process B&W with color filters, so if you have a particular type of processing in mind, such as using a red filter to darken skies (ala Ansel Adams's ...


I guess shooting color images is always the right option, 'reversibility' is the key. A color image could be turned B&W, but with a B&W shot, there's no option. We all know that more or less the appeal of a photo lies in the post production, so why not shoot color and then decide. Anyway, there won't be any difference in energy or information ...


There is no benefit to shooting in a monochrome mode as the camera will just be taking a colour image and converting it to monochrome using built in settings. The closest you could argue as reasons to enable a monochrome mode are either to place an artificial inflexibility as part of a creative process or to view monochrome images in the camera display ...


In principle, yes, because unless the camera processing software is written in a very poor way, it will not first do the demosaicing to render a full color image and then use that image to compute the black and white image. Rather it will do a dedicated demosaicing to compute the black and white image directly from the raw data, the two processes are not ...


The image has some highlights where there is some blue mixed in, where there is otherwise only information in the red and green channels. It's those highlights that doesn't balance well when you desaturate the image. You can use the Channel Mixer in Monochrome mode to convert the image, that allows you to balance the channels to avoid the posterising. ...

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