There is a generation of wonderful photographers now who have never set foot inside a wet darkroom.
So we can safely conclude that shooting film is no longer a necessity in becoming a skillful photographer.
Some folks have the knack of recognizing lighting that works and know how to best utilize it to suit their muse.
What I am suggesting is that if you have access to software: either Adobe Camera Raw or a photo editor like Adobe Lightroom, you might want to do this.
If you don’t feel like spending money but want to try this out, you can download the free open source software called Lightzone which has capability to edit raw files.
On your DSLR, set your quality to camera raw.
Nikon users, choose “.NEF.” Canon folks, choose the “.CR” option.
Then under picture style for Canon users, use “Monochrome”.
Nikon users, you probably have a similar setting.
You want to be sure you are setting your camera to record camera raw but just making your camera display the image in Black and White or Monochrome.
Over time, you will be able to ignore the distractions of colors and start paying attention to just the quality of the light and not the quantity.
Your camera’s exposure meter tells you the quantity of light, how bright a scene is and suggests your shutter speed and aperture at a given ISO setting.