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M10: Need JPEG to retain Monotone settings?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Desert_B, May 21, 2015.

  1. Desert_B

    Desert_B Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2013
    Minnesota, U.S.A.
    If I set camera to Monotone, but only am recording in RAW, is there any way to retain the b&w settings?
  2. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    take the raw into olympus viewer and export as tiff with the monochrome setting....alternatively learn how to do b/w conversation in your raw processor of choice.basic b/w conversion isn't difficult and a good way learn how to drive your software of choice

    this was my workflow a few years back with Aperture... most raw convertors have similar tools

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  3. derelict

    derelict Mu-43 Regular

    May 5, 2015
    Most cameras record RAW this way. My Pentax gear did this as well. You can shoot in B&W and then once loaded into LR, it was color. Just convert it back.
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  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    The RAW always contains all the colour information, but a sympathetic convertor will show you your B&W settings too.
    (Olympus Viewer for example.)
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    Well if you are wanting to retain all the in camera processing settings, just shoot RAW + JPEG and use the JPEG. .
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  6. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL

    All camera's RAW files contain all of the color information that the sensor records. The only camera's with B&W RAW files are those with monochrome sensors.

    All cameras will record your camera's settings, including the B&W settings, in the ancillary data in the file's header. Most of these settings can't be used by external RAW converters unless the converter uses EXACTLY the same code logic as the camera's firmware. This means that the only external RAW converters that will be "sympathetic" (to use Ufric's term) with be the one supplied by the camera manufacturer since only it will have legal access to the company's proprietary code.

    Other converters can only use the few standardized values (color temp, ...) and make their own default settings for everything else. Truth be told, you will get the best B&W conversions if you make your own adjustments in an external RAW converter whether or not you prefer to use a "sympathetic" converter's camera-based starting point, another converter's own default B&W conversion, or some other preset conversion setting (e.g. the many many B&W conversion presets for Lightroom from Adobe and 3rd parties, ...). Personally, I almost always use Lr's default conversion as a starting point and them make my own alterations from there.
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