I’ve been working on my black & white photos since I needed one for that contest I’d entered. In the digital age it’s almost impossible to find black and white film unless you search the internet.
Most people doing black and white just switch a color photo over in their photo editing program. If you are going to do that (and I do now), you really must play with it more than clicking “Black and White”. Each program is different, so play around with it. Contrast… shadows… highlights…grain. See what works best.
Not every color photo works well as a B&W. You need depth and contrast to start with. A strong close-up portrait often makes a great black and white. To paraphrase a quote I once read, a color portrait captures the subject’s personality… a black and white portrait captures their soul. Your eyes are not distracted by the colors… instead they look directly into the eyes of the subject.
It works the same with any subject you chose.
Here’s a few that I’ve liked how they turned out.
Or for something a little different...
This one is for fun. I call it my 'black and white... in color'.