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How can I shoot in black and white?
Only Olympus DSLRs have an option to shoot in black and white set in the menu in PICTURE MODE > MONOTONE. Olympus point & shoot and ultrazoom cameras can only shoot in color, and then the color image can be copied as a black and white or sepia image later. This is because color cannot be put back into a black and white image, but color can be removed from a color image.
Some of the higher-end models such as the SP-Series have an option in the Playback EDIT menu to make a black and white or sepia copy of a selected image and save it on the memory card. The original color image is unchanged. In the Playback EDIT menu it is the COLOR EDIT option, which gives you the choice of saving a copy as Black and white, Sepia, Saturation (hard) and Saturation (soft).
If your camera does not have the COLOR EDIT menu option, you can convert your images to black and white or sepia in the OLYMPUS Master software that came with your camera.
Select an image in the Browse window. In the Image Edit window click on Edit Palette in the Toolbar. On the right side of the window you will see Monochrome & Sepia as one of the editing options.
The Monochrome option will convert the image to black and white. The slider controls whether you want to contrast to be hard or soft. Click Apply and then to save the converted image click on the Save icon in the Toolbar and use the Save as option.
The Sepia option has a slider that lets you select the tone of the sepia conversion–warm or cold tone. Click Apply and then save the converted image click on the Save icon in the Toolbar and use the Save as option.
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