When taking a photo, I often visualize it in black and white.

Before I even click that shutter, in my mind I already know that particular photograph will be displayed in black and white.

I love hand editing each of my images and always start with a clean edit in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). There are many ways to create a black and white conversion but today I will show you how I converted this photo starting in ACR and then applying my final finishes in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Black and white photography appeals to me so much because I am immediately drawn to the emotion of my subject.

Starting with a great straight out of camera photograph and then a clean edit allows you the option to take your photo to the next level. Don’t be afraid to get creative and bring out the best in your work!