Basics of Minimalist Photography

Today’s subject is going to be the simplicity. We’re going to explain a different way to see the photography; we’re going beyond than the normal. This type of photography is a piece of art absolutely beautiful in it’s own way. But first, we need to understand the concept to know what’re we talking about.

Basics of Minimalist Photography

In art history, the minimalists were artists whose work involved extremely simple gestures and ideas. The art they created is also referred to as minimalist. A white canvas with one black line might be a typical minimalist painting. But anyone who likes things very simple could be called a minimalist. A president who takes a hands-off approach to policy, a composer who only plays one note, a designer who puts only a bed in a bedroom: they’re all minimalists.


Also, it’s a photographer that uses a particular texture or a specific object as principal focused point to do the composition.

So, let’s start with these basics but important aspects in the minimalist photography.

1. Composition

This type of photography is all about composition, simple and beautiful composition; where’s always a message behind of it, an expression of art, a sentiment or just an impacting and mindful peace.

You can create it with a simple texture and one object, with different geometric forms, or with a big space and just one principal item as focus point. It exits an indefinite number of compositions; it all will depend on the creator’s mind and how far it can goes.

Basics of Minimalist Photography

2. Textures & Colors

The textures and colors play an important roll in this type of photography. This could be the only thing you want to show or maybe it will be the support you need to impact the image.

The black and white is very popular and one of the most impacting types of photos in the minimalist area; it shows you a big impact every time you see the picture, this is a perfectly piece of art.

By other hand, the bright colors can make a huge impact too; this can make a difference in the photo, it could be an important element in the composition. And for the textures, I love them they make a huge difference no matter if it’s in black and white or in bright colors or maybe a mix, the importance here is to think very well what you want to transmit as an artist.

Basics of Minimalist Photography

3. Lines & Geometries Patterns

The lines and geometries patterns play a roll very important; sometimes is the line the principal item in the photo, or maybe is a circle that makes the whole difference. It could happen that the picture has only one rectangle with texture and this one is the only thing in the frame.

Everything’s valid; the important here is to have an explanation for each detail, or at least an explanation of not having one. We live in a world full of geometries patterns; mostly in the architecture and the city components, so take your camera and start looking life in a difference and simple way!

Basics of Minimalist Photography

4. Text

As we told you, most of these pictures represent a story, a feeling, or a sensation. You can play with letters in the frame during the post-production or maybe you can you add a literature paragraph besides the photo (galleries/exposition) or into the picture itself. It depends on you; this type of photography makes you think a lot as an artist and what you want to show.

For me, the minimalist photography is one of the most expressive ways in the art world, for others it’s totally the opposite, the importance here is to have an argument; it could be the technique, the composition, the text or just the idea by itself.

Basics of Minimalist Photography

5. The Frame

When you take this type of photography is important to pay attention to the frame and what you put inside. You can use the whole frame or you’re a part of it and fill the rest with black, white or another solid color or with a text. It doesn’t matter what you do; but it matters how you connect the lines, the geometries patterns with the corners of the frame/photo. Remember that everything needs to be very organized in this type of photography; the simple things will be the stronger ones.

Basics of Minimalist Photography

6. The Space

You need to create space, let breathe the photo, the objects. You’ll find it very easy in the nature; the long rivers, lakes or oceans, also in the winter with the snow, the blue of the sky, the animals in the green forest or in the trees details. You can find this also in the cities; the concrete, the buildings and all types of walls. One thing that’s really beautiful is the object’s reflect into the water, something you can create with your camera and the angle you choose, so I recommend to take your camera and start doing a walk through the nature.

Basics of Minimalist Photography

Here you have 6 basic aspects in taking minimalist photos. Follow these steps and put your mind to work with original ideas, structure and everything around you. It’s amazing all the forms and beautiful things you can find in the cities or even in your own home or neighborhood. Remember to stay always calm and write down what do you want as an artist; color, shape, form, object, person, space, etc. here everything’s valid to transmit your message. Imagine a big room with a lot of space and you need to fill it with just 1 or 2 elements!

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