black and white film is really grey too. ;o)
To do nice b/w digitally:
- take a color photo
- desaturate (photoshop tool, Image... Adjustments... Desaturate. Other programs will have something similar)
- At this point you'll have the 'digital grey' photo.
You need to boost the contrast to get that nice studio-processed b/w film look.
If you've got a copy of photoshop, here are my suggestions:
Start with Auto-Levels. This will take your whites to white, and your blacks to black. This may be enough right there to get the look you're going for. If not, load up the brightness/contrast tool. You'll probably need to crank up the contrast +10 or so. brightness will depend on the source photo.
If everything's just losing detail, start over and skip the Auto Levels, go straight for the contrast slider. Again, depends on the source photo you're starting from.
I shoot with a Canon Digital Rebel SLR.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens, comes with the body when you buy it.)
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
(I plan to get myself a 50mm f/1.8 lens if no one gets it for me for xmas.)
If I had the cash (and actually shot as much as I think about it) I'd get a Canon D20 body.
My selected photos are up at http://www.lordgoogle.com/gallery
, but you probably knew that. I've shot about 1000 shots with this camera since I got it, definitely enjoying it.