Canon T3i: Shooting in Black and White

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Learn how to capture images in Black and White using your Canon T3i. I'll also show you a way to create B&W copies in-camera from your full color shots.

Canon T3i - Black and White

The T3i offers a couple different ways to capture images in black and white…

Canon T3i - Grainy Black and White Creative Filter

Apply a Grainy B/W Creative Filter

This method is more involved, but it ensures you have a colored version and a B&W version.

  1. After taking a series of shots in color, just access the MENU, highlight the Playback tab (play icon) and then select Creative Filters.
  2. Select an image you want to apply the filter to and press SET.
  3. Then select the ‘Grainy B/W’ creative filter.
  4. Use the left and right arrows to adjust the B/W effect then press SET.
  5. Select ‘OK’ to save a copy of the image, leaving you with a colored version and a B&W version.
Canon T3i - Monochrome Picture Style

Change your Picture style to Monochrome

This method will automatically take pictures in black and white. You won’t be able to change it back to color.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to P, Tv, Av or M. Program mode (P) is most similar to Auto mode.
  2. Press the down arrow and a list of ‘Picture Styles’ will appear.
  3. From this list select Monochrome then pressSET
Canon T3i - Monochrome Ambience Selection

Change the Ambience Selection to B/W

This method will automatically take pictures in black and white. You won’t be able to change it back to color.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to CA, Portrait, Landscape, Sports or Night Portrait.
  2. Press the Q button and then the Up/Down arrows to highlight ‘Standard Setting’.
  3. Then use the Left/Right arrows to select Monochrome
  4. Press the Down arrow to select the ‘Effect’ bar and then the Left/Right arrows again to select B/W
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