Check Out These Resources On Monochrome Photography


Monochrome photography is a type of photography that uses variations of a single colour in terms of tints, tones and shades. There are also times when differing amounts of light illuminate a scene at certain times of the day, making the scene look monochrome. In general, whether it is the light used or the colours in the scene or frame itself, any type of photography that uses different tones of a single colour in the image is Monochrome photography.

In this article, we have put together a few tutorials that will help you to master monochrome photography.

What Is Monochrome Photography? Examples And How To Shoot It

Monochrome photography involves capturing images that have variations of only one colour in the frame. Monochrome photography is not the same as black and white photography which many beginners have confusion with. This article by Shotkit discusses what is monochrome photography, the difference between monochrome and black and white photography, how to shoot monochrome photography in camera, using filters, and monochrome cameras and how to use Lightroom to create monochrome photos.

monochrome sand
Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann

Monochrome Photography Vs. Black And White | Difference

Are you confused between monochromatic and black and white photography? They are not the same! Monochrome photos can be captured in camera or the photos can be post-processed to achieve a monochromatic colour. This article from Expert photography talks about the difference between monochrome and black and white photography.

monochrome city center
Photo by Dillon Kydd

How To Use Monochrome Color In Photography

Photographers usually make a choice of light and colours to portray certain emotions in photography. Monochromatic photography takes colour photography to a totally new level where only the hues and tones of a specific colour are found in the photograph, yet making it look pleasing and beautiful. In monochromatic photography, a single colour in different shades is used to enhance mood and atmosphere, and this article by Digital Photography School discusses what is monochrome colour with some examples of various monochrome colours and photographs.

monochrome red tone
Photo by JC Gellidon 

15 Tips For Monochrome Photography

Monochrome photography has played a major role in photography since the beginning, for example, sepia and cyanotype photos are classic and timeless. Monochromatic photography simply means photos that have only a single colour, that is variations or shades, tints and tones of the same colour. This article by Iceland Photo Tours talks about monochromatic photography along with 15 tips to capture stunning monochrome photographs.

monochromatic golden tone
Photo by Calvin Weibel

Using Monochromatic Colours In Photography

Monochrome images have the flexibility that they can be applied to any genre of photography starting from landscape to still life and abstract photography. The photographer needs to creatively choose the subject or scene because it is a single colour that is used in the photograph and it needs to be effective in terms of light, composition and subjects, in order for the image to work well. This article from Pixpa talks about monochromatic colours and photography, why photographers use monochromatic colours and some tips to create stunning monochromatic colours in photography.

monochromatic product photography
Photo by Ian Dooley 

30 Colorful Works Of Monochromatic Photography

After checking out the above resources, if you are still running out of ideas or creativity for monochromatic photography, then this article by Web Urbanist has some eye-opening monochromatic shots in red, blue, green, purple, orange and yellow.

monochromatic leaves
Photo by Annie Spratt

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Dahlia is a stock photographer and full time educator at Light Stalking. You can find her on Gurushots and see some of her more popular articles at The American Society of Media Photographers. Get to know her better here.

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