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Back in the old days, there was this thing called black-and-white photography. Most film stocks were designed to capture color, but a few were engineered to capture luminance-only black-and-white. As a rule, digital cameras don't operate that way. Very nearly, all of them employ a single image sensor that captures luminance-only information, but these sensors are filtered with the microscopic dots of colored resin to sense one channel of light at a time. What this means is that 99.9% of digital cameras on the market are hardwired to deliver a full color image.
Setting your camera to capture a black-and- white photograph is largely a waste of time. Enter Photoshop; I believe I've mentioned ad nauseam its three principles, starting with the fact that every color photo is at its heart a trio of grayscale images, one each for red, green, and blue, better known as RGB. Photoshop also supports CMYK and Lab but a digital photo begins as RGB. The upshot is at Photoshop, not your camera, Photoshop is best put in charge of the creation of black-and-white photographs, and what an amazing job it does.
You can apply one of a handful of color-to-grayscale conversions or you can apply your own custom mix using the Channel Mixer command or the Black-and-White command. This is such a rich topic, in fact, that it takes me 20 movies to do it justice, 20 movies that you are going to love.
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