Minimalist Photography

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I saw an article the other day that called minimalist photography a “trend” and I have a theory why it’s become popular:

We’re all walking around with these little screens in our pockets on which we view all these Instagram squares. If there is a lot going on in the photograph, we won’t be able to see the detail. The photograph is simply less impactful.

Minimalist photography is when there is only one point of focus in the picture, the color palette is simplified or there’s a stark contrast between the elements in the photo.

I’ve been unwittingly training myself to take minimalist photos since focusing on Instagram. I feel like they grab your attention and get you to stop scrolling. 

It’s also a low-budget way to take photographs because you don’t have to have a impeccably-styled home or gorgeous landscape to pull it off. 

When outside:

  • Point your camera towards the sky but only include one treetop.
  • Angle your camera in to only focus on one bloom. 
  • Look for contrast. The juxtaposition of man-made and nature is always interesting.

When inside:

  • Get a white piece of poster board and play with flat lays. (This just means taking a photo from above of what’s laying flat on the ground.)
  • Find a shelf or nook and tell a story with a few favorite accessories.
  • Close-ups are cool. Look for interesting textures and patterns.

Give it a shot and let me know how it develops. (See what I did there?)