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The Magic of Monotone Photos

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.

© Ma4c1n

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!

Photo credits: Kutt Niinepuu, Lane Erickson, Marcin Jagiellicz, Miketanct, Steven Crabbé.

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March 17, 2011

Yuritz

Great pictures and blog.

March 16, 2011

Eric1513

Thanks everyone for the encouraging remarks. Thanks especially to Julia161 and Bradcalkins for posting photos that look awesome!

March 16, 2011

Hustgh

Really good tips.
thank you

March 15, 2011

Sobek85

Beautiful shots

March 15, 2011

Rubybayan

Thanks for the tips! Much appreciated!

March 15, 2011

Laurasinelle

Great blog, thanks for sharing!

March 15, 2011

Crisferra

I like you post! And I love your sepia tone pictures :-)

March 15, 2011

Mariaam

I will try this out! Thanks for sharing.

March 15, 2011

Joe1971

It is very nice!!!

March 15, 2011

Dmccale

great blog thanks

March 15, 2011

lzf

nice pic and i like them also.

March 14, 2011

Haslinda

Good tips. Thanks for sharing. Will do that next time.

March 14, 2011

Anhong

Very beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing, I wish you good luck!

March 14, 2011

Julia161

Love monotone images, too!!!
 Musician with keyboard 
 Singer 

March 14, 2011

Bradcalkins

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 

March 14, 2011

Debramillet

thanks for sharing and beautiful pictures

March 14, 2011

Gussmann

I like your picture from the piano

March 14, 2011

Trottola

Thank you for sharing, nice and interesting blog!

March 14, 2011

Picstudio

Great blog.

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