Learning to create strong black and white photographs connects us with the roots of our art form. Working on black and white images forces us to recognize the importance of concepts like line, shape, shadow, highlight, and pattern within our photography.
I demonstrate two ways to make compelling black and white images from your full-color digital photographs in this video tutorial. My recommendation is to learn how to make a powerful black and white image before you start working in color.
The time that you spend learning about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic’s Tone and Contrast controls will make you a more versatile artist. In addition, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic’s Black and White Mix Panel is fun and a powerful tool that we can use to produce fantastic monochrome results.
I need to point out here that your choice of digital capture file format matters. You will always get better results when converting from color to black and white with software like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom if you start with a digital camera raw file. The jpeg file format cannot store the kind of high-bit information that we need for top-notch color to black and white image conversions.
For a more detailed explanation on the advantages of digital camera raw files for post-processing please see Digital Camera File Formats: Raw and Jpeg.