Here are the top 10 trade secrets to take great black and white images:
1: Only pay attention to the shapes within your image. 2: Look for objects with high textured finishes, brickwork, old barns with wood and rust, laneways on cobbles and twisted trees. 3: Try underexposing and overexposing the same shot, it's amazing how different they appear. 4: Shadows and silhouettes are easier to get right. Get the correct exposure and then block the light with a person or object. 5: Look for high contrast - bright whites and dark blacks. 6: Make the main object small in the overall scene - isolate the subject to create a lot of nothing space where the eye gets drawn to the object. 7: Look for lines and patterns in the image. 8: Look for shadows on walls and footpaths and photograph them from different angles for special effects. 9: The weather is great for black and white with raindrops on puddles, storm clouds, rough oceans, sand/water/bathers. 10: If all this fails, turn your post editing software to mono and adjust the settings from there and voila. Above all, enjoy!