Minimalist photography is a huge trend. Instagram is full of great artists and every day we receive many submissions from professional and semi-professional photographers. But what exactly makes a really good minimalist photograph? We deal with this every day and have therefore put together 10 tips to help you avoid getting lost in the crowd. Let’s get started!
Title image: Gianfilippo de Rossi
1. Tip for better minimalist photography:
Leave your phone in your pocket and look around where you don’t suspect anything new. And then you take a picture of it with your phone.
2. feel the composition
A minimalist photography lives from its composition. But a good image composition is not measured with a ruler. Forget the textbooks and try to feel the arrangement of your elements. Practice creates masters.
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”
–– Annie Leibovitz
3. have something to tell
A good photograph becomes a work of art by the context in which you place it. This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff.
“there is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept”
–– Ansel Adams
4. see the colours
The world is colourful and every place has its very own personal and unique colour palette. What seems everyday to one person is an exotic inspiration to another.
5. wait for the right light
Try to imagine how the light travels over your subject during the course of the day. And then come back another time.
6. concentrate on the essential
How you recognize the essential? The essential is what is left over when you take away all the unessential.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know”
–– Diane Arbus
Photo: Wade Comer
7. image editing
Don’t waste your time at a computer screen. Go out and take pictures.
And when you’re thinking about which of your two favorite Lightroom presets fits better, forget about them both.
8. keep it minimal
Don’t do 100 shots, just this one… …and then the other one. That means: learn from your mistakes.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
–– Dorothea Lange
9. try yourself
Often it is not what you photograph that is important, but how you photograph it.
“You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.”
10. find your style
Be as you are. Be unique.
What about you?
What do you think about our tips? Do you have any questions or can think of another tip? Let us know in the comments below. We are looking forward reading from you