B&W is always an interesting and challenging topic for our monthly Theme Challenge with plenty of new opportunities to learn another approach to photography.  There is much to learn about B&W other than simply taking a photo in black & white or using LR to take a color photo into a B&W image.  What makes a view of the world look better in B&W than in color?  How can you “edit” an image so that it stands-out in B&W more than in color?  These articles can give you a boost to create black and white images that standout.
Articles
B&W Photography Tips: 5 Cornerstones
Guru Shots
I typically begin each Monthly Theme Article page with an article the is pretty basic.  But many photographers view B&W as a pretty basic theme: just change a photo from color to monochrome.  But this article goes way beyond basics and will help you see that B&W photography is challenging but beautiful!  The author explains the importance of exploring the 5 Cornerstones of true B&W photography: Contrast, Tone, Shadows, Shapes, and Texture.  AND the author shares many photos of each cornerstone that will grab your attention.  Start here and you will see B&W photography from a new position. 
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Complete Guide to Black and White Photography”
Spencer Cox - Photography Life
This article has lots of good ideas.  It addresses the 5 Cornerstones that Guru Shots explains and adds Composition and Emotion.  This article does not explain HOW to create B&W in Lightroom or Photoshop, but it goes into the same discussion as the Guru Shots with a little added history with a credit to Ansel Adams.
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“When color is no longer a relevant force, your viewers eye is drawn to a new place in the image” so the key is to draw the viewers' attention.  He discusses the importance of shape and contrast, shadows, mid-tones, and emotion in B&W landscape photos.
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By Andrew Gibson - Digital Photography School
A basic article that focuses on tonal contrast, simplicity and Negative Space.  Good article to help you think differently.
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How to Convert Photos to Black and White in Lightroom
Andrew Gibson - Digital Photography School
A good article to teach you how to convert your photos in LR.  The conversion is fairly basic but Andrew explains a bit more than just the basics.
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This article is a somewhat simplified version of the 5 Cornerstone article with Shoot Raw, Look for Contrast Shape and Texture, Long Exposure and Filters.
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There is often some confusion about whether to have the camera turn the photo into B&W of wait and make the color-to-B&W later in LR or Photoshop.  Here is an article that might help you decide.
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And if you would like to see how to use Lightroom to modify your Black & White photo, take a look at this video that goes into real depth on how to upgrade your B&W photo.
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And if you’d like to see some great B&W examples of our backyard you might want to check out our friend Mike Jackson’s Best of the Tetons.
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And I thought this online article might give you a boost about winter photography.  These aren’t all B&W's but they may give you some ideas.
B&W is always an interesting and challenging topic for our monthly Theme Challenge with plenty of new opportunities to learn another approach to photography.  There is much to learn about B&W other than simply taking a photo in black & white or using LR to make a color photo into a B&W image.  What makes a view of the world look better in B&W than in color?  How can you “edit” an image so that it stands-out in B&W more than in color?  These articles can give you a boost to create black and white images that standout.
Articles
B&W Photography Tips: 5 Cornerstones
Guru Shots
I typically begin each Monthly Theme Article page with an article the is pretty basic.  But many photographers view B&W as a pretty basic theme: just change a photo from color to monochrome.  But this article goes way beyond basics and will help you see that B&W photography is challenging but beautiful!  The author explains the importance of exploring the 5 Cornerstones of true B&W photography: Contrast, Tone, Shadows, Shapes, and Texture.  AND the author shares many photos of each cornerstone that will grab your attention.  Start here and you will see B&W photography from a new position. 
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Complete Guide to Black and White Photography”
Spencer Cox - Photography Life
This article has lots of good ideas.  It addresses the 5 Cornerstones that Guru Shots explains and adds Composition and Emotion.  This article does not explain HOW to create B&W in Lightroom or Photoshop, but it goes into the same discussion as the Guru Shots with a little added history with a credit to Ansel Adams.
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“When color is no longer a relevant force, your viewers eye is drawn to a new place in the image” so the key is to draw the viewers' attention.  He discusses the importance of shape and contrast, shadows, mid-tones, and emotion in B&W landscape photos.
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By Andrew Gibson - Digital Photography School
A basic article that focuses on tonal contrast, simplicity and Negative Space.  Good article to help you think differently.
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How to Convert Photos to Black and White in Lightroom
Andrew Gibson - Digital Photography School
A good article to teach you how to convert your photos in LR.  The conversion is fairly basic but Andrew explains a bit more than just the basics.
______________________________
This article is a somewhat simplified version of the 5 Cornerstone article with Shoot Raw, Look for Contrast Shape and Texture, Long Exposure and Filters.
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There is often some confusion about whether to have the camera turn the photo into B&W of wait and make the color-to-B&W later in LR or Photoshop.  Here is an article that might help you decide.
______________________________
And if you would like to see how to use Lightroom to modify your Black & White photo, take a look at this video that goes into real depth on how to upgrade your B&W photo.
______________________________
And if you’d like to see some great B&W examples of our backyard you might want to check out our friend Mike Jackson’s Best of the Tetons.
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And I thought this online article might give you a boost about winter photography.  These aren’t all B&W's but they may give you some ideas.
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