Minimalist photography is basically an art form characterized by extreme, simplistic simplicity. It focuses only on the most minute details and emphasizes the barest amount of objects within the entire composition. It is the opposite of most other forms of photography. Most photographers will go to great lengths just to get the focus right on certain objects and miss the mark completely.
If you want to shoot minimalist photography properly, you have to master the skills that make this kind of photography so easy. You should be able to take a photo very simply using very few tools and still come out with a picture that looks great. In the next section I will outline two tips that will help you improve your photos tremendously. The first thing you need to do is learn to control the lighting of the shot.
One of the best ways to capture minimalist photography is to use light conditions which maximize the subject’s contrast and blurriness. The main concept of this style is to keep everything as simple as possible. This includes the colors and textures as well. To do so, you will need to create a composition which utilizes only strong geometric patterns, singular colors, and thin, dark lines.
The second way to shoot minimalist photography effectively is to eliminate as much background clutter as you can. This is why it is crucial to know how to remove or minimize all the unnecessary elements in your composition. One way to eliminate as much background clutter as possible is to create negative space. Negative space photography usually consists of using black space to imply the absence of something, usually a building or a person, thus suggesting a lack of depth.
Another great tip for minimalist photography is to create an empty field and put a camera inside. Once you have it set up, take a picture of the empty field. Then, enhance this photo by adding in as many textures as possible. Add in as many artificial objects as you can, such as a scattering of stones, branches, pebbles, or anything that could possibly enhance the appearance of the scene. As long as these things are evenly distributed on the frame, you have effectively created the perfect composition.
Many photographers think that adding too much texture to their images of the subject will distract from the object itself. However, that is not always the case, as some minimalist photographers have successfully used negative space to great effect. When using negative space, photographers can actually play with light in order to achieve a visually different composition. For instance, compare a landscape shot taken with the sun above the horizon with one taken at the sunset, you can see that in the latter image the sun has slightly faded out and in this way has created a negative space between the horizon and the subject.
Another technique you can use when taking minimalist photography is to make use of strong lines and geometric patterns. Strong lines are very effective in making the subject feel solid and real, as well as having an overall impact on the viewer. For example, if you are taking a landscape shot, try crossing your main subject (usually the tree in the foreground) with a few strong lines, at least up to the horizon. Geometric patterns work well when trying to create a sense of depth within your photographs. For instance, if you are taking a shot of a group of flowers, you can bring them closer together by creating strong vertical lines and then blur them out more by using horizontal lines.
The last technique we have for you here is color blending. There are basically two ways to accomplish this. The first way is to simply take a color photograph and blend it with whatever else is taking place. In other words, for example, if you are taking a shot of a fire at the base of a mountains, you would probably want to make the entire photograph resemble that of a forest or mountain. However, this can be a little difficult, especially if you are not so accustomed to working with color.