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

6 months 3 weeks ago #716688 by iKokomo
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! 


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6 months 3 weeks ago #716689 by Shadowfixer1

iKokomo wrote: 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! 

RAW files always contain all the information the camera captures. Just set your camera to monochrome and set the files you save to RAW or even better, set it to save RAW and JPG. If you do that, you will have a monochrome jpg file and a RAW file which retains all the color information. If the processing software you use automatically assigns the monochrome profile when you process the RAW file, just switch to your preferred color profile and just like that you have a full color image to work with.

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6 months 3 weeks ago #716699 by Nikon Shooter
Film noir was just incidentally B&W, in the times during and after the war
due to power, film and many other things restrictions; but one may apply
its approach in full colours.

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4 months 1 week ago #721288 by Nikon Shooter

Shadowfixer1 wrote: If the processing software you use automatically assigns the monochrome profile when you process the RAW file, just switch to your preferred color profile and just like that you have a full color image to work with.


Yes, and this is a better strategy to preserve the six colour channels
that will permit spectacular B&W tweaking them.

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