5D mII B&W Shooting
Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:28 PM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:56 PM
I'm much more experienced as a still photographer, and often shoot stills with the 5DMII in RAW, and get great results converting to grayscale. But when shooting video, I haven't had good luck getting really nice looking b&w if I shoot in color and then desaturate. That said, I'm much better at Lightroom and Photoshop than I am at color grading video.
I wish I could shoot RAW video with the 5D.
Posted 16 April 2011 - 08:59 AM
I too would like to know if anyone has done technical research into this. Maybe the gamma is worse/better in this mode?
I agree, shooting B&W can be very liberating sometimes!
Posted 01 May 2011 - 01:34 AM
Posted 01 May 2011 - 12:37 PM
Before I was actually thinking that shooting in B&W was best because of the crappy color compression on h264 but now with the technicolor upgrade I think this changes things a bit...
What's the "technicolor upgrade"?
Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:46 PM
As for the menu setting and post work, as always, do careful tests and judge for yourself. My money is on finding a "flat" shooting style and doing extensive work in post. It all depends on what sort of b+w look you want. It's not like there is just one "b+w look," just as there is not one "color" look.
PLEASANTVILLE and RUMBLEFISH used different methods but are interesting to see, as modern takes on B+W, as is SHADOWS AND FOG (woody allen) and ZENTROPA. Don't expect to get SIN CITY with a menu button on a HDSLR. RAGING BULL is a must-see exercise in B+W virtuosity. German Expressionist cinema is great - from Cabinet of Dr Calgari to M, by Fritz Lang, these films had a huge influence on Hollywood, culminating in films like SUNRISE and THE INFORMER, for example. CITIZEN KANE is of course a textbook of camera techniques. What are you trying to do?
Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:47 PM
Posted 13 July 2011 - 03:18 AM
Shooting with the Canon 5D mII on a b&w piece. The camera has an internal setting to record b&w but I'm wondering if it makes more sense to record regularly and de-saturate in post.
I try to shoot as linear (flat) as possible, and then do the grading in post. The same for B&W. This gives me more grading options for the B&W desaturation (I tend to like crushed footage).
Here's a quick & dirty test example from a portrait series that I'm currently working on:
View on Vimeo
Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:15 PM
Again, the best answer is almost always the same; do extensive tests and judge for yourself.