are there any benefits in shooting in black and white directly in the camera and not doing it in Lightroom?
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Shoot in raw with a b&w camera profile, then convert the raw to b&w using your own color balance.
It should display a b&w image in the live view, and you can use the color information to simulate colored filters (which no one wants to carry around and switch them mid-shoot anymore).
If you have a DSLR or optical viewfinder you'll either have to use live view or learn to see in black & white.
Your post had no practical application and I feel like it came from a place of inexperience and unfounded preconceptions.
Before there was digital, there was Polaroid. Even the most experienced super artists and top tier commercial photographers burned through them like dollar bills at a strip club. Literally no one knows exactly how every photo is going to look before they shoot it. If they did, you wouldn't need 36 exposures to a roll. Bracketing wouldn't be a thing. Contact sheets would be an exercise in frivolity. Image review has always been, and will always be, an integral part of the process. Process is a key part of that phrase, by the way. A great photo isn't just "click, boom, done". It's a process, with several (or dozens) of steps.
By the way, the guy who coined the phrase "chimping" was just a crusty old curmudgeon who thought digital wasn't going anywhere. He shoots digital now, almost two decades later, and I guarantee he chimps like a motherfucker.
Only if you cannot imagine how the picture will look like in b&W
What you can do (if your camera allows it)
Use the settings so the cam safes two versions of a picture: A BW jpeg and a regular RAW. So you can have the best of both worlds (but you'll need a larger SD card)
Dedicated b/w digital cameras (all 2 of them lol, though conversions can be performed) have a higher resolution and IQ because there are no colour-differentiating filters on top of the matrix. Plenty of articles ablut that online, more specific/technical.
On a normal digital cam? No, unless you wanna preview the shot this way.
I shoot B/W in camera on Fuji. It's just a force of habit but I'll just slide over to another custom mode if I don't want B/W in the viewfinder. I always just shoot RAW&JPEG anyway so it's easy enough to just use colour if I want to.
>turned off image review
>LCD turned off
>EVF set to proximity only
Every time I go out shooting with my buddy I watch him take a shot, take his camera away from his eye, look down at the screen, grunt then raise it back up to his eye to take a second shot which he does the same for. He misses the third shot in the middle because he's chimping.
Something I haven't seen posted yet is that shooting B&W in camera can help determine focus and sharpness a lot easier.
Without color, we tend to focus on texture, lines, and light/shadow. Focusing on those helps us see if our focus is slightly off (ie; lines of the eye, texture of the lashes, etc), how the scene is truly lit (ie; in camera, the left side background is brighter than it looks to our color vision), and other anomalies in how our vision perceives things, and can be tricked.
Shooting in B&W has more positive benefits than most people realize. Plus, with RAW you can go back and see color, or B&W.
No reason not to try it out for a couple weeks and see how you like it.