Monochrome: What Does it Mean?


Monochromatic film photographs seem more dramatic since the images are portrayed as a single hue. But what exactly does monochrome mean?

Credits: luxberlin

Monochrome means the presentation of a single color in different shades. This just means that a single color is depicted in different values and intensities. The color remains the same but the elements that differ are the brightness, lightness, darkness or dullness of the color. The values and intensities become different when the main color is mixed with black, white or gray.

In photography, monochromatic images are in the form of black and white photographs. This portrays the subject of the photo seem somewhat detached from reality since the image is drained of its lifelike color. Photographers usually use black and white film to achieve a dramatic effect or to focus on the subject on the picture instead of the colors that are captured.

Monochrome doesn’t stop with black and white. Anything portrayed as a single color with different shades can be called monochromatic. Here are some examples of monochromatic images from our community.

Credits: richardanthonymorris, russheath, coolsigg, morty & werriston

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written by jeanmendoza on 2011-09-30 #lifestyle #black-and-white #monochrome #color #shades #fisheye-2


  1. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    love the first pic by luxberlin - class!

  2. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    Fine pictures, but none of them classes as a monochrome in the classic sense. They are merely black and white, sometimes tinted with sepia.

  3. lilo
    lilo ·

    The first picture by luxberlin is brilliant!

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