Why is the second way better? There are plenty of reasons:
Is there any advantage to using in-camera black and white? About the only advantage in-camera black and white has is you don't have to buy potentially expensive editing software. However, editing software is more flexible. There is nothing your in-camera black and white can do that photo editing software can't do as good or better.
Most digital cameras come bundled with its own photo editing software CD. However, bundled software tend to be fairly limited in what they can do.
Third party software have more capability than bundled software. Some popular software titles include:
The most popular photo editing software is Photoshop by Adobe. Photoshop is a professional photo editing tool, but many amateurs use it as well. Photoshop Elements is aimed for non-professional users and is more affordable than Photoshop. Lightroom is a tool for cataloging and editing large numbers of photos quickly and efficiently. Paint Shop Photo Pro by Corel is aimed at the same audience as Photoshop Elements and is priced competitively. Finally, there is a free tool available called GIMP. GIMP is also the only tool that runs under Unix/Linux.
Almost all editing software has grayscale conversion and brightness/contrast adjustment. However, using just these two features may not give you the best results. At the very least, the editing software you choose should have the following features:
In addition, methods such as Gorman require: