Much of the candid photography we see, especially urban street photography, tends to employ black and white processing in the final result. In fact, beautiful tonality is so heavily sought after that some manufacturers produce monochrome-only cameras to get the most tonal range from a digital sensor. However, there are plenty of options if you’d like to work exclusively in black and white.
Most cameras will allow you to preview your images in black and white as you work. DSLR cameras will capture a colour image and display a monochrome preview for you as you review images. Mirrorless cameras, however, offer a different experience. Since they employ an electronic viewfinder (EVF) or rear screen to show you a preview of the exact image you’re about to capture, this preview can also be set to a black and white mode. This means you’re actually able to see the world in black and white as you make photographs.