Black and White photography can provide some stunningly beautiful images that have a classic feel…if done really well – to shoot in black and white (or the mindset) entails more than just a quick conversion in Lightroom.
There was a time when all photographs were done only in black and white, and people were still able to see the different tones (i.e. the tonal range) in black and white. There is immense beauty in black and white photography and it's important to show tonal variations in black and white too.
What we have here is some quick tips for you on how to create beautiful black and white photographs. This applies to both photography and the conversion process.
Remember an important fact to be kept in mind while using the term monochrome (varying tones of one color); all black and white photographs are monochrome, but not all monochrome images are black and white!
Did you know about the Zone system of exposure that was developed by Ansel Adams and his friend Fred Archer?
Ansel Adams was known for his famous black and white landscape photographs. You may already know, he was very particular about capturing as much dynamic range in his images (from the deepest black (shadows) to the brightest whites (highlights)).
So he developed this system for metering and exposure that made him stand out from other photographers of his time. His images stood out so beautifully because of the range of tones that they had between the color black and white.