Converting to black and white can be a saving grace for concert shots and other photos, but you can get better, crisper results by veering off the default options. Photoshop tinkerer Helen Bradley explains which sliders to pull on.
Bradley points out that when simply converting to black and white in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you get a very thumbnailed view of your picture, one that doesn't grant you a good look at how sharp it will turn out, or how the newly limited hue will look in certain corners of the image. By setting up a bottom layer of the image and tweaking its saturation, shadows and highlights, and other elements, you'll get a lot more control over how good your finished product turns out.
Photo gurus, what steps do you always take when you're converting a shot to black and white? Share the knowledge in the comments.