When I make a conscious decision to shoot an image knowing the end result will be black and white, I compose my picture differently. Colors no longer become a distraction. Instead, my focus is on the relationship of my subject to my background. Textures matter. The light matters. I get to choose what the viewer focuses on.
My first experience with photography was with black and white film. It excited me and terrified me all at the same time. I am a perfectionist and what I saw in my head did not always translate in my first pictures. I thought I was failing at photography until I learned to embrace the technical limitations of black and white photography.
Without the distraction of color, you can evoke emotion in your images. It’s easier to see what someone is feeling by looking at their eyes. Connections matter more when color is absent from your images. You will pay attention to negative space and how you frame your image.
Do you intentionally shoot photos knowing you will make them black and white? How has this changed the way you take pictures?