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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hello there! My question is about how to get the most of black and white in the Sony V1.
I'm shooting a documentary in Paris, in September, about a retired photographer who's dying of aids, and is a southamerican political exciliate from the 70's, now living in a small room in the last floor of an old dark parisian building.

All his pics are in black and white, and Paris is quite a cool scenario for black and white. So my questions is how can I get the best of my Sony V1 and its functions thinking on this. I will be editing in FCP. I've never done something in B&W, so I would appreciate any kind of help!!

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Old June 18th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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It's simple. Shoot in color and then use the Desaturate filter in FCP. It's a real time filter. You can also desaturate using the Color 3-way corrector. That way you can adjust Blacks, Midrange and Highlights. A free plugin from Eureka! simulates silver print and infa-Red. I would advise against using the in camera presets for black and white as you'll be stuck with it if you change your mind.

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Old June 18th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #3
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thanks!

And what about black strech? Would you recomend to use it? And is there another camera function that I could play with when thinkinng on B&W?

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Old June 18th, 2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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You might try some tests with and without black stretch. Shoot some and bring it into FCP and desaturate. I usually don't mess with camera profile settings, preferring to do my adjustments in post. That shouldn't stop you from experimenting prior to your shoot. If you don't have a broadcast quality television monitor, don't trust the viewer in FCP. If DVD is your final destination, burn a test DVD and play it on a few televisions.
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You might even wish to leave a hint of the colour left and not desaturate completely? Perhaps even start in colour and slowly go to near-desaturated for the end of his life ... or even the other way around. Just a thought.

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