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Lightroom and B&W question

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by WT21, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I am using LR 3, shooting with two pens (EP1 and EPL2).

    I shoot in RAW, but often I set the camera onto B&W (that way the jpg is in B&W as is the screen, so I can better judge what I'm doing during shooting).

    LR used to present to me a B&W treatment, but now it seems to be ignoring that I shot this in B&W and is presenting it to me in color, forcing me to do one extra step to handle it in B&W. It's not a terrible amount of work, but I'm just wondering what changed, or what I did, to stop it from treating my pics in B&W.

    Has anyone else had this issue?
     
  2. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    Images created using one of the Art functions are saved as both RAW and JPEG.

    The JPEG version will give you the Art image created in-camera.

    Before you download the images, you have to set LR to allow downloads of the JPEG version.

    To do this, in LR => Preferences => General => click "Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos".

    LR will now download both versions including your B&W image.
     
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  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    This is a bit different. I could have sworn (thought I may be in error) that it used to flip the "treatment:B&W" bit for me, if I shot it in B&W. Not the jpg, but the RAW file (same as if you went to the Develop module, and chose "B&W" for treatment rather than color).

    Am I misremembering this? Maybe I was shooting jpg then, but I thought it treated my RAW as B&W.

    Not a huge deal. I just thought it used to handle the treatment setting for me.
     
  4. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    It's always been my understanding that a RAW image is unaffected by certain in-camera tweaks such as the "Art filters" and corrections for lens distortions. This is why the camera creates both a RAW and a JPEG image if you have your camera set to shoot in RAW only.
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Unaffected, yes. But LR has a "treatment" approach (see the Dev module).

    May just be mis-remembering. No worries. Just wondering.
     
  6. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    I get it. You mean setting LR's develop mode to automatically show you the RAW images in black and white. That I don't have an answer for, but you can always batch process your entire download to show as B&W images.

    In the Library, highlight the entire downloaded images, go to Quick Develop, and in Saved Preset, select the type of B&W processing that you wish to achieve. Now, every image you open from the downloaded batch will appear in B&W.