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Seven Minimalist Photography Tips

If you're looking for a fresh, clean look to your images, diving into minimalism can be a great exercise. This tutorial gives seven quick tips on how to work with such a style, which is often popular with brands and on social media.

Minimalism can be really beautiful. The clean, unobstructed aesthetic can focus the viewer's attention and change their experience of an image. What I found particularly helpful about this tutorial from Jenny Mustard was that it didn't just preach removing content to create a "minimalistic" look; nay, minimalism can be complex, layered, and nuanced, but the overarching principle is some component that unifies the overall aesthetic in a strong and simple manner at a more macroscopic level if not at a lower level. And while it can also be accomplished with the individual components, the key is picking a theme — symmetry, a color, etc. — and embracing it. Even if you're not a fan of the overall minimalist aesthetic, these techniques and principles can still be used at your discretion to liven your photos or create stronger compositions that feature your subject more prominently. Do you have any photos that embrace the minimalist aesthetic? Share them in the comments! 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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