Recently I photographed an event for the Catholic Education Foundation through another photographer who booked the event. The dining portion of the event took place on the 7th deck of a parking structure at an old movie studio.
As day turned to night the artificial lighting was creating a negative effect on those attending. I had one camera with a flash and another shooting existing, ambient light. After taking a break for dinner, I decided to set the non-strobed camera to “monochrome” a fancy word for black/white. Please notice the one color image and the resulting effect by the artificial light.
In shooting black/white your mindset changes. You must look to see how the light effects the shadows. I believe if a photographer can grasp black/white, by seeing tones and contrast, shooting color becomes easier.