When doing Black and White Photography using Adobe Lightroom, I first make the photo looking good in color. Believe me, there will be a completely different result when starting to change the photo to Black and White from the very beginning of the workflow.
After I turned the photo into Black and White, I usually get back and play with the Contrast. Adding or removing contrast may add a little twist to the photo!
Another thing I do after I turned a photo into Black and White is playing with the darks. I make them darker. Why? It makes the white parts of the photos brighter. This is the second twist to add to a Black and White photo.
Sometimes, like in the two photographs that I used for this post, I add a color to get this almost Black and White result. I simply add in the “Split Toning” section of Adobe Lightroom a color in the highlights section and play with saturation till it feels good.