Best in camera B&W

Straight out of camera jpgs are not my favorite, because there are too many things to get right at the time of the capture, especially in color. It’s pretty much impossible, at least in any kind of action, to get perfect white balance or color balance and saturation in camera. Black and white is a bit different, though, because the color information is eliminated and therefore it offers better starting point for in camera jpg.

In my latest video I’m experimenting with in camera black and white and for that I made two different customized Monochrome Photo Styles for my Lumix G9.

Here are some of my SOOC black and white photos, these have zero post processing, except for the resizing and a mild sharpening after that. After the photos you’ll find my custom settings, just in case you’d like to try them.

All these pictures were shot on the Lumix G9 and the Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens wide open.

Here are my custom settings. The first one, that I also used in the photos above, will produce dark and contrasty photos. The second one will make less contrast and also lighter shadows. I used my Lumix G9, but you can use these settings also on other Lumix cameras.

Settings number one.
Settings number two.

It’s important to get the exposure right, if you don’t want any post processing and I recommend using the zebra for that. Set the zebra to 95% and place the zebra in the image over the area where you want the last detail before blown out white. I have a video of that, if you are interested.

9 thoughts on “Best in camera B&W

  1. Hi Matti
    Following your chanel since a while and like your very easy understandable videos.
    i am a Leica Mo shooter and I do not know much about modern and high tech cameras but would like to try and may be buy a camera like the Lumix G9.
    Are you doing real life photo seminars ? I wonder if I can manage the technical part of such a camera just by reading the manual. I know of course the basics of photography but never used those complicated manuals on a camera. Thanks in advance for your short opinion.
    P.S. do you know if I can use the m-mount lenses on a Lumix – may be with an adapter

    1. Thanks for your comment.
      I have conducted workshops, but not lately. However, I may organize something in the future.
      Digital cameras are not that hard to learn, if you know the basics of photography.
      You can use M lenses on Lumix cameras with an adapter.

  2. Mr. Sulanto:
    I enjoy your reviews, comments and comparisons. Especially I find refreshing that, experienced and skilled as you are, you allow that you don’t know everything. Who does?
    However it seems that most of your most of your material is about the more expensive lenses.
    The lens I use most of the time is an Oly 14-42mm, 3.5-5.6 EZ I would like to know how to use this lens, along with my other “kit” lenses, to minimize their shortcomings. Heck, I don’t even know their shortcomings!
    Thank you, sir, and please continue with your excellent work.

    1. Thanks for your comment.
      I do have reviews of some affordable lenses too, if you browse my Youtube channel.
      However, I’m always open to ideas and suggestions and I have to see if I can review more budget lenses in the future.

  3. Hi Matti, Thanks for this article and the YT video! I’ve just figured out how to set Custom Set Mems in my beloved GX9 (took ages) and now I’m all set up for shooting some buildings, particularly on holiday this summer – if we are allowed a summer.
    Thank you for these settings, they look lovely.

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