Janette Anderson Photography | 52 Week Photographic Challenge 2018 - Week 12 - Simple

52 Week Photographic Challenge 2018 - Week 12 - Simple

March 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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The theme for this week’s photographic challenge is to keep your work ‘Simple’. 

Simple doesn’t mean boring.  It requires a lot of creativity to achieve a minimalist approach.  Deciding what to put in or leave out of the frame can be challenging.

Practice the art of reduction by using a minimal amount of compositional components such as shape, colour, line and subject matter to give maximum impact.  No cluttered backgrounds.

Try to provide a unique visual experience for the viewer.  Keep it simple and make it powerful.

Here are a few tips to help you find your minimalistic mojo:

Negative space is your friend when it comes to keeping it simple.  Leaving things out of the picture can create a stronger image.

Bright or contrasting colours work well for simple subjects.  This also applies to textures - smooth against rough, soft and sharp, dark and light.  The viewer should be able to almost feel the texture.

Play with angles - shoot high, shoot low, shoot straight on until you find something that works for you.

Strong lines make strong pictures.  Pay attention to modern architecture.  Lines and other geometrical shapes can provide great backdrops for minimalist pictures.  A single bird isolated on a power line can make for a great shot.

Using a shallow depth of field will allow you to isolate your subject from a distracting background.

Minimal street photography can showcase an interesting urban landscape with a single human element.  The human element, however small, becomes the focal point of the image.

Now it’s time for you to get started in your quest for simple imagery. Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun this week.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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