It’s always interesting to look at the Google Analytics data for this website, seeing how many visitors the site is getting, which websites they are coming from, whether this is their first visit or if they’re a regular – that kind of thing.
But what I haven’t been paying too much attention to – until now – is looking at what keyphrases people are putting into Google to find my site. It’s amazing the variety of words and phrases people use when searching for information about photography – in January 2010 there were 2,409 different keyphrases entered into Google, that resulted in people finding this site.
So, I’m going to start looking at these keyphrases more and more, as it will help me to see just what kind of information people are looking for. One of the most common keyphrases people have used is “how to take black and white photos with canon rebel t2i”, so I thought I’d address that issue here. (By the way, Google was pointing people towards my 15 Great Photos Shot With A Canon Rebel T2i / 550D (And How They Were Taken) feature, but that didn’t really explain in detail how to take black and white shots, so I will explain below).
It’s very important to let you know that, although you can take black and white photos with your T2i / 550D right away, without having to do any post-processing in software like Photoshop, if you shoot this way, then you will never be able to regain the colour from those shots.
So, although I’ll let you know how to take black and white photos ‘in-camera’, my advice would be to take a photo as normal, and then make it black and white in post-processing – that way you always have the option of going back to the original shot’s colour if the black and white version doesn’t look too good.
But, if you’re intent on wanting a b&w photo straight away, then simply:
* Press the button, which is the ‘down arrow’ button on the back of the T2i / 550D
* You’ll see the above shot – just navigate to the ‘M’ setting (for Monochrome)
* Press the <SET> button
* And you’re away! How easy was that? Though, as I mentioned before, I really do recommend not shoorting in this mode, as you can easily turn things into black and white in post-processing anyway, without discarding the colour info forever.
If you found this small guide handy, then you may be interested in our T2i Digital Field Guide review, which is a great book for learning all about the T2i.