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The Digital Zone System by Robert Fisher

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Chapter 6The Digital Zone System and Black-and-White

In the digital world, we don’t shoot black-and-white photos the way we did with film. It might surprise you to know that digital sensors are actually monochrome. The color comes from the filter array that sits on top of the sensor. That aside, we still consider that we’re shooting in color. There have been a few dedicated monochrome digital cameras produced, but they never sold well and didn’t stay around for long. Personally, I think they’re a great idea and would love to have a dedicated black-and-white digital camera that I could use with color contrast filters, the way I shot with film. Until those cameras are made available to the masses again—and I’m not holding my breath—we’ll continue ...

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