Creating a successful black and white image takes a lot more than simply pulling all of the saturation out of a color photo. This excellent video tutorial will show you what you need to know to create more effective black and white images using Photoshop.
Coming to you from Karl Taylor, this great video discusses how to convert a color image to black and white in Photoshop. I think it is well worth learning how to really control a black and white conversion. For a long time, I thought of black and white photos simply as a variation on their original color cousins, but I eventually learned to think about a monochrome image as its own entity, built from the ground up instead of taken from another image, and that change in approach made my black and white images improve drastically. There are a vast number of parameters that one can manipulate well beyond simple saturation, and by taking control of these various settings, you can craft a stronger final product and even find creative possibilities that might not have existed in the original color versions of your photos.
Check out the video above for the full rundown from Taylor.