Above is a greyscale version I took of young Spensor. Opposite is a photoshop edited photo with colour and black and white
BLACK AND WHITE AND TONED
My black and white and toned photos were all taken in colour. While there is an in camera option for black and white shots, once they are taken you cant edit the colour intensity of each of the greyscales. You know...50 shades of grey. So always shoot in colour and in the appropriate colour space, e.g. adobe 1998, or cmyk, or pro photo. Much more on colour space later. With black and white as you can imagine, light and dark parts of the photos are important...so where are the shadows and where are the highlights?. So if you are able to use photoshop or lightroom then the trick is to make the "lights" lighter and the "shadows" darker........this provides contrast which is pleasing to the eye.