20 Examples of Minimalist Photography
Written 7 years ago by Lee
More and more people are looking to minimalism to improve their lives, getting rid of the clutter and stress and only keeping the things that are important. If minimalism can improve the way we live our lives, the way we work and the way we get things done, could it be used to improve our photography?
With so many different possible settings on today’s cameras, it can be overwhelming and confusing, especially for those just starting out in the field and when we are faced with so many options it can be tempting to just give up rather than going through the stress of getting everything wrong. Obviously doing that means we’re never going to learn which setting is the right one, so let’s take that stress away, remove the decision making process and concentrate on the one thing that is most important, taking the photograph.
Choose a Single Subject
It could also be a good idea to take your photography minimalism to another level by concentrating on just one subject. Find something or somewhere with one main focal point, no background clutter, no distractions, just the subject you’re going to photograph. When you’ve found it, shoot the **** out of it!
Concentrating on one main subject will allow you to try new things with the camera without getting overwhelmed. Take as many different photos of the same subject as you can, trying new angles, different camera settings, a range of filters, whatever you want!
The key is to just shoot without thinking so much. You’re not trying to create a masterpiece everytime you press the shutter, just trying to get new ideas and see the subject in ways that you wouldn’t normally see.
Learn New Skills by Slowing Down
When you get the photographs back, look through them all and you may be suprised that your best images aren’t the ones that you expected. If that’s the case, you will have learned something new.
Learning just one new skill doesn’t sound like much, but if you learn one new skill every day, week or month, you’ll be a much better photographer than if you just gave up because it was all too overwhelming.
Don’t try to learn everything at once, slow down and your photography will improve. Next time you get your camera out, think to yourself, what is the one main thing that I’m going to learn today?
Examples of Minimalism in Photography
Lonely Water photographs by German photographer, Bernhard Quade.
Iceburg Series by Canadian photographer, David Burdeny.
Minimal photographs from the world of Flickr.
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