I am constantly learning about photography. I think it is one of the reasons I am so drawn to it. There is always more to learn. Ways to be better at this craft. I learned a new feature on my Canon DSLR the other day that I think is pretty cool. Set your camera (assuming it has this capability) to capture both RAW and JPEG files. Then change the JPEG profile to black and white. Then when I take a picture it captures two photos, one in color (RAW) and one in black and white (JPEG).
Yes, I know I can convert my RAW photos into black and white in Lightroom or Photoshop, or my favorite black and white software, NIK Silver Efex Pro. I do this often, as I love black and white photography. However, using this cool function when I am shooting, gives me real time information about my photos in black and white (via the screen on the back of my camera). I can focus on getting better black and white photos. Plus, saves a step in the post processing stage.
Here is a picture of Zoey that I took using this sweet feature, and edited only in iPhoto:
For more information about RAW vs. JPEG file types, check out SLR Lounges’ Blog Post: RAW vs JPEG (JPG)