Why Black and White? Because it's moody, evocative, nostalgic, atmospheric, artistic, simple, and stunning. We may live in a colorful world, but black and white strips our world down to its bare essentials of tone, texture, shape, and form.
Learn to see in black and white: The key to successful black-and-white photography is in visualizing how a scene will record when stripped of its color. Try to look beyond the color itself and focus on texture, form, shape, and tone. These will become the key elements that make or break the final image.
How colors translate: Expose for the shadows and let the highlights take care of themselves - the opposite of how you expose for color slide (transparency) film. This is because the shadow detail records on the negative.