It won’t be for everyone, but I think it’s something everyone should try at some point: shooting in black and white (monochrome) mode in camera.
We've covered this before, but here's a short video that might help some people out. In it, photographer Kevin Mullins explains how and why he sometimes shoots weddings and other things in monochrome mode in his camera. This allows him to see everything in black and white before he gets into post-production. Of course, the trick to this is to be shooting in raw. When shooting in raw, all of the color information is retained, but when you see the preview on the back of the camera, the images will be in black and white. If you have a mirrorless camera, this technique is especially useful, as the image you see in your EVF will also be in black and white.
The short story on why he shoots this way is this: without the colors distracting you, you’re more able to quickly assess the light itself and will end up with better images. Unless you’re shooting something where color composition is vital, it could be a cool way and try and improve your photography and think a little differently about light. I don’t shoot in monochrome mode often, but I do occasionally, especially when I know the end use of the images will be in black and white. It’s handy to be able to envision that much more clearly what the final product will look like but still retain the color information in the raw file in case it’s needed for some other reason.
Mullins also goes into some detail about how to set up monochromatic mode on his Fuji cameras and a little bit on how the editing process works.
Do you shoot things in black and white in camera? Do you think it helps your technique or the final product?