Tips on photos... There are no shortcuts to good black and white photography. Learn what makes a good exposure and good contrast. Learn about composition and how tonal values come into play when shooting black and white. And learn that a gradient map is one of the worst ways to change a photo to black and white in Photoshop. Second only to changing the color mode to grayscale.
I just want to clarify. Using layouts from a website without consent would be wrong legally and ethically. That's not what I am doing or looking for. I am writing a book, not designing a scrapbook. I have my own examples, thoughts, and tips. What I was looking for was little style differences that others might have that maybe differ from what I've found. For example, I like to use black and white photos on pages to give the page a antique look, whereas other times I use them to give the page a formal edge.
Then really, there are tons of great resources out there on how to improve your black and white photographs. It's the original form of film photography and what is required to make a good film print is the same for digital. You could consult Photography by Upton, London et al. for a resource. And Ansel Adams wrote a great series on black and white.
I think the best way to learn how others make good black and white photos. Is to maybe contact photogrphers. Or look some photographers on google. For me a good black and white photo is good contrast and lighting. Also, the subjut I am shooting and where I am shooting. I have studied a little bit of black and white photography in college. But not a professional photographer. I am still kind of the "new kid" in the photography world. But think I take good decent photos. People say I have eye for it. Good luck with the book hope you get the answers you are looking for.
I agree with justartguy007, you should get some impressions from professional photographers and learn the process. There really is a huge difference between great black/white pictures and just turning it into grey scale
I use lot of my parents old photo's when scrapping and Ive got 2 on here one of my mother and the other my father-n-law. you can view them in my gallery and if you would like to use these layouts in your book I would be honored nor would I want money in return.... just let me know I would purchase a book from you. I'm always on the look out to be inspired by photos or layouts.