Digital has provided a surprising resurgence in black and white photography. The ability to create a monochrome image either in camera or later in Photoshop is much more accessible than having to work in a traditional darkroom. But it takes more than removing the color from an image to make a great black and white. Here are some tips that will help you to make exceptional black and white imagery.
Look and use high contrast lighting.
Create compositions with texture
Pay attention to shape and lines
Create portraits with simple and clean backgrounds
Use small aperture to maximize depth of field
Use your histogram to capture a full tonal range
Shoot Raw + jpeg with monochrome picture style for flexibility
Use WB slider to achieve different look with b&w file
Punch up contrast with the curves control
Experiment with tinting the monochrome image
Photographing using a strong directional light source
Fill the frame with a subject’s face
Look for repeating patterns
Apply selective dodging and burning technique to image