you know when you take a really good picture and you think to yourself, "this would look great in black & white" and when you remove all color it just doesn't look the way you thought it would? yeah, that's happened to me, too.
the problem is usually that the picture looks dull, that the removal of color has taken away the dimension it had before, that the detail has been lost. well, here's a quick & easy remedy that anyone can do with the most simplistic editing programs...
let's start with a basic photo, one with decent lighting and detail:
now, let's remove the color:
this looks a lot better:
let's compare side by side, so you can really see the difference:
now, for the trick...
first, open the photo in your editing program. next, view it in grayscale/make it black & white. finally, increase the brightness and contrast. really, that's it? yup, that's it. this is something that every photo editing program can do, so don't feel like you have to go out and buy photo.shop or some other fancy-schmancy program.
here are some more examples:
if you happen to have photo.shop, there are lots of additional things you can do to make your photos look more polished, but just start out with the brightness and contrast at first.
feel free to play around with your settings. each photo is different and will require a different amount of contrast. and don't be afraid to push buttons, because you can always hit "undo" or simply not save the new version.