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How to set Nikon Z6 to show B&W in the viewfinder while saving color RAW images


iKokomo 3 7
6 May 2021 9:03PM
I am about to do a "Noir" inspired photoshoot and I was wondering if it was possible to make the viewfinder/LCD screen display in Black and White while still saving the RAW files in Color?

It would be easier to compose and "get in the mood" if the image I see through the viewfinder is in B&W. I can edit the RAW image later.

If that is not possible, is it possible to have the camera itself display a B&W image after I take it (but still keep the color RAW)?

It still is preferable (especially with the amazing EVF) to see it in B&W.

Thanks!
LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
7 May 2021 9:17AM
If you want to shoot in B&W with Nikon you can select Monochrome in the Photo Shooting Menu.
Most software, except I understand Nikon, does not permit changing a B&W RAW captured image back to a colour one.

If anybody knows of a way to convert a Nikon B&W RAW image to colour in Lightroom - please post Smile

I use Lightroom - many other PP options should be similar.

You can view in B&W and shoot colour - part by not setting Monochrome in the Photo Shooting Menu.

They way I do this is I have my U3 User setting choice set to show B&W, high contrast and with red filter in the viewfinder.
I find this enables me to better consider "composition lines" etc than a colour image.

I then come out of U3 to take a colour image.

As I am normally working in a considered way for B&W effects the slight time needed to switch out of my U3 User setting is not a disadvantage.

To set U1, U2 or U3 options look up "User Settings" in your User's Handbook. This takes you to the relevant page.

If you prefer to shoot as a B&W image the Lightroom Develop HSL menu enables enables adjustment of the effect of individual colours within a B&W image.

A "quick fix" for the look of a B&W or colour image in Lightroom is to view the image in the 10 B&W presets (takes about 15 seconds) and choose the one you prefer.

This quick fix can work well shooting colour in pouring rain - and then selecting a Lightroom pre-set.
For this one I selected the Lightroom Landscape B&W setting - and then boosted the contrast.
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shagnasty 14 76
7 May 2021 1:11PM
Set Monochrome in the Photo shooting menu. This will let you see in the viewfinder as well as the rear screen your composition in Mono.
Providing you are shooting in RAW then all of the image information is saved.....and that is Everything. Only JPG captures discards info.
Take your images into a RAW editor such as Lightroom and select the colour profile you want to use. You will find that all profiles are available from Fluorescent, Cloudy etc and also your Monochrome setting. Often Lightroom will default to Colour profile but it just a quick and easy change to process in mono. Then you will have access to a whole list of Monochrome profiles, which were designed by the same technician who produced the earlier profiles found in the original Nik Collection.
If you wonder about what the colour version might look like, then choose a colour profile.
Make a copy of your preferred image and then process to colour and mono then do a side by side comparison.
Whilst the above focuses around Lightroom, the same concept will also work with other Raw editors.

Enjoy your foray into Mono, just remember to restore settings in the Photo shooting menu, otherwise you start to think your camera has broken. Hope this helps
Pat
LenShepherd 13 4.4k United Kingdom
7 May 2021 1:35PM

Quote:Set Monochrome in the Photo shooting menu. This will let you see in the viewfinder as well as the rear screen your composition in Mono.
Providing you are shooting in RAW then all of the image information is saved.....and that is Everything. Only JPG captures discards info.
Pat


Thanks.
You are right Sad
I had U3 set to shoot jpeg Sad Sad

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