See in sin­gle colours

Siân Lewis shows you how to view the world in mono­chrome for brighter pic­tures

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Mono­chrome needn’t be black-and­white – ex­plore some colour­ful op­tions

Here’s an as­sign­ment that will help you see the world dif­fer­ently. Monochro­matic pho­tos fo­cus on just one colour, and they’re a great way to cre­ate art prints. Sim­ply head out with your Nikon and see what colours you can find. Ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments are best for bright shades, but a coun­try walk will give you the op­por­tu­nity to mix dif­fer­ent shades of one hue.

Start with the ob­vi­ous pops of colour – the veins in a green leaf make a strik­ing sub­ject, as does a bright red pil­lar box. Then look for more un­con­ven­tional ways to por­tray colour - how about a brightly painted front door or some­one’s cloth­ing?

The key is to look for un­usual crops and de­tail, and to avoid in­clud­ing any jar­ring de­tail or dif­fer­ent colours.

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