Black and white photographs use to be the only option if someone chose to have their picture taken but today it is a beautiful way to show off your photography skills. A lot of your photography courses will teach the techniques on how to take a great black and white photograph. That is because it trains your eyes to be able to recognize something that needs to be adjusted more quickly.
After color was introduced to film developing, it became more difficult to find a simple black and white photo however today there are many choices including a digital camera or a good software with editing effects.
Black and white pictures bring out ones emotions when color usually hides it. You can look at someone in a black and white photography and know if they are happy, sad, angry, or some other emotion. You simply know by looking into their eyes and their facial expressions.
There are just sometimes when you cannot capture the true colors of something. Instead of taking the picture and ending up with faded colors, you need to take a black and white picture instead.
When you are taking a picture outdoors and the skies are dark and overcast you will benefit better when taking a black and white picture. You can also use professional studio lighting in these picture if you are taking and outdoor photograph but still need a little light to enhance the subject.
When taking portraits or snap shot of people, snap a picture in black and white to show others and compare the black and white to the color picture side-by-side. Most people will favor the black and white just because it shows their true identity.
Black and white photography is alive and well in modern generations and it looks great with any décor and in any color frame as you display your work proudly.