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Old November 27th, 2004, 10:57 PM   #1
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to shoot in BW or not to shoot in BW

Hi all,


Just a quicky here : will shoot next week and the short film is in BW , if you were me would you :

a : switch the BW option on

or

b: shoot it in color and apply the BW while editing


Thanks to all in advance

Phil
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Old November 27th, 2004, 11:00 PM   #2
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Old November 28th, 2004, 05:52 AM   #4
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Hey Philippe, I will be shooting one in BW also, and I asked the same question here and I got the same answer, but heh, with a little more clarification:

You have much more options. Although you probably won't do it, you can leave the thing in color, you can play more with settings in postproduction, add more contrast and such...

Like me, I'm going to work with some manipulation too (blue screen) so I NEED to shoot in color anyway, at least for a couple of shots.

It comes down to the fact that you have much more freedom afterwards.

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Old November 28th, 2004, 06:25 AM   #5
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The single best thing you can do is TEST IT YOURSELF, on
something similar to what you will be shooting. The idea with
doing it in post is that you have much more control over HOW
you are converting color to B&W and how it will look. There are
multiple ways to create a B&W look.

It is adviced to bring a monitor with you that you can dial the
color out (if you shoot it in color and do B&W in post) so you
know what it will it more or less look in B&W and you can see
which colors give you problems (that look the same in B&W).

However if you test it yourself you can see if that works for you
or if you want to shoot in B&W directly. I would go for the post
option as well.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:01 PM   #6
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Mathieu and Rob covered the answer, Phillipe. Unlike b&w film, b&w video is an applied affect. That is, you are always recording color information on video. Shooting in regular color and monitoring in b&w (or using a camera that offers a b&w viewfinder) best facilitates establishment of correct lighting and exposure while enabling you to make the most of your post-processing alternatives.

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