Taking Minimalist Photos: When less is more

I’m not taking about less photo compression, though in that case too, the less you compress your photos the better they will turn out.

I’m talking about less is more when it comes to photo composition. Sometimes as you plan a photograph you will want to take in the entire scene, no matter how cluttered, or busy, it looks. Take a breath, step back, and consider focusing your attention on one particular subject, such as a particular tree, building, person, or animal.

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There are many guides on the web on how to capture excellent minimalist photography, so here we’ll just briefly mention the main rules:

Take care about subjects. You should accentuate your shot on one or few similar objects. It’s the first step to make your object dominate.
Pay attention to the background. You should choose plain backgrounds without any distraction elements (their influence can be eliminated with zooming).
Don’t afraid to use colors. You can choose contrasting or similar colors. Bright juicy splashes will make your shots look more impressive and your subject stand out from the background. At the same time if you choose different hues of one color you can also gain great results.
Delete unnecessary elements. If you think that there are some distractions on your shots you can safely crop or remove them. All the attention should be reverted on the main subject.
Take several shots of the same object. Don’t restrict yourself by taking one or two photos. Try different lighting, angles, focal lengths, exposures, etc.

Note that this is not a hard and fast rules. For example, when taking photos of urban areas, you may want to step back and take wide-angle photos consisting of several skyscrapers. This is fine and good, but also consider photos that focus on a particular building’s architectural features.