The Magic of Monotone Photos

posted on 14th of march, 2011

Monotone photos are powerfully simple and convey emotion like few types of photos can. With all extraneous color eliminated, we are left only with light and shape. Add to that a single color and the image is more powerful than its individual parts.

In previous posts I’ve discussed the color red and the emotions it conveys. Let’s talk about some other colors for a moment. Blue for instance, conveys cold, lonely, depressed emotions. “I’m feeling blue today,” is a popular phrase in the English language that simply means “I feel lonely or sad.”

But this is not all, blue also portrays the idea of clean freshness.

Sepia tones also convey emotions, most usually age and nostalgia.

Orange and yellow on the other hand, express a feeling of vibrancy and life.

If you use any type of photo editing software, converting an image to a monotone can be done with just a few clicks. So next time you are preparing photos to upload here at Dreamstime, try a monotone image. You never know, maybe your monotone photo will be a winner.

Good luck and I hope to see you out shooting!

Comments (19)

Posted by Yuritz on March 17, 2011
Great pictures and blog.
Posted by Eric1513 on March 16, 2011
Thanks everyone for the encouraging remarks. Thanks especially to Julia161 and Bradcalkins for posting photos that look awesome!
Posted by Hustgh on March 16, 2011
Really good tips.
thank you
Posted by Sobek85 on March 15, 2011
Beautiful shots
Posted by Rubybayan on March 15, 2011
Thanks for the tips! Much appreciated!
Posted by Laurasinelle on March 15, 2011
Great blog, thanks for sharing!
Posted by Crisferra on March 15, 2011
I like you post! And I love your sepia tone pictures :-)
Posted by Mariaam on March 15, 2011
I will try this out! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Joe1971 on March 15, 2011
It is very nice!!!
Posted by Dmccale on March 15, 2011
great blog thanks
Posted by lzf on March 15, 2011
nice pic and i like them also.
Posted by Haslinda on March 14, 2011
Good tips. Thanks for sharing. Will do that next time.
Posted by Anhong on March 14, 2011
Very beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing, I wish you good luck!
Posted by Julia161 on March 14, 2011
Love monotone images, too!!!
 Musician with keyboard 
Posted by Bradcalkins on March 14, 2011
I agree, while giving the designer the original image makes it more flexible, sometimes you can add to the impact of an otherwise well covered photo by going monotone. I recently used red to convey 'hot' in this image:

 Boiling kettle 
Posted by Debramillet on March 14, 2011
thanks for sharing and beautiful pictures
Posted by Gussmann on March 14, 2011
I like your picture from the piano
Posted by Trottola on March 14, 2011
Thank you for sharing, nice and interesting blog!
Posted by Picstudio on March 14, 2011
Great blog.

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