I took a beginning photography class in college. The first one was required, but after that I was hooked. I've never been able to look at the world quite the same way again. My professor taught us to only shoot black and white photos. We didn't shoot any color photos until our final assignment. By starting in black and white I learned about lighting and contrast that is not the same if I had only ever shot color photographs.
I love the magic of the photography. To catch a moment that will never be exactly the same again. It's a blessing to capture the beauty around us.