Excellent. Thanks for the tip! I myself always switched to grayscale or tried desaturating, but then had to adjust curves anyway.
So, I took one photo switched it to grayscale, and I tried your method. I put them side by side, and indeed your method is much better.
What's the quality difference on this versus just setting your camera to black and white mode? I've got a friend that's crazy for B&W photography, is she losing quality by just setting it to B&W on the camera, rather than taking it normally, and doing it later?
i would always stay on color mode on a digital camera
that way if you choose to keep it color you can later on
she wont loose much...but she is losing a bit of quality
the only thing that ever takes perfect pictures in black and white is a film camera with b&w film
you keep all your levels
whereas grayscaling the picture makes you lose a lot of levels
try grayscaling a picture then do my tutorial to the same picture
when you compare them you will see the difference