Most of us think of Black and White images when we hear the word “Monochrome” – but we can also use it to describe an image with varying tones, shades, and tints of a single base hue. Images with a monochromatic color scheme are often subtle – but not always. Take a look at this shot from Everglades National Park in Florida.
This is certainly a “monochromatic” image – it uses shades of just one color. The golden tones convey a sense of warmth. The simple color scheme is striking and unusual… and the intensity of light adds a dramatic touch.
Here’s another example of a monochromatic color scheme. This shot of Pine Glades Lake (also in the Everglades) presents the view in shades of blue. The result is a moody, image – cool and stormy skies over a deep, clear lake.
Monochromatic color schemes encourage the viewer to notice details and textures in the image. Colors can also help to set a mood… green are fresh and vibrant, yellows seem warm and inviting, blues are cool and moody… so use them to convey strong feeling and emotion!