Less is more.

Keeping it simple doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be boring, and it’s often said that less is more anyway, so it’s a case of choosing what to leave out of a composition, of reducing everything down to its bare essentials in order to create a stronger image.

It can be very challenging learning how to find the right angle from which to capture a subject, to creatively use plenty of negative space and to start using more advanced lens techniques such as limited depth of field in order to isolate the subject from its background.

It’s all about how little has to be in the image for it still to tell a story. Minimalism depends on high simplicity and involves using a minimal number of compositional components such as shape, color, and line.

The goal of minimalist photography, is to convey a concept, or an idea, to provoke an emotional response, or provide a unique visual experience.

Some examples illustrating the technique

Tips for when on location

  • Keep it simple
  • Less is often more
  • Learn to use: leading line, geometric patterns, negative space, contrast, textures, light and dark, story telling

© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017

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