Minimalist Photography: What It Is And How To Achieve It

Minimalist Photography: What It Is And How To Achieve It

Sometimes we are attracted to some work of art, or in this case a photograph, but when we are asked why we like it, we do not have an answer. Minimalist photography is a clear example of this.

What’s This “Minimalist” Thing About?

Minimalist photography is in fact a part of the concept of minimalist art based on a clean style.

This type of photography is challenging because white space is important to highlight the subject. The final photograph of this is plain and simple, but when the photo is internalized, we are likely to understand the phrase “simplicity is beauty.”

Within the art world it is considered a very subjective concept, leaving the interpretation and meaning to the perception of the viewers of the work.

Some appreciate how open this idea is, embracing freedom of interpretation, while others despise the lack of direction.

We can use some of the techniques of minimalism to increase the impact of our work.

Tips For Taking Minimalist Photography

– Being in a state similar to Zen . If we are calm and relaxed and have time on our hands, the chance of getting a better shot increases. This can be said of many photographic works, but it is especially true in minimalism.

 Concentrate on a single topic . Consider a crowded street. Is there no place for minimalism here? Let’s think again and start to see differently. A pigeon that has just landed, a bicycle, a shopping bag. These are examples of potential minimalist photography.

– Know when to use blur and when to use focus . A flower in a garden can be a theme of minimalism if all other flowers are removed. Blur can be an effective way to create minimalism. A quick target will be necessary. An aperture from f1.8 to f1.2.

We may still need to use editing software to manipulate the background enough to call it minimalism. Focusing is necessary in vast areas with a single subject, such as a person walking on a beach.

Don’t be afraid to use colors . We can choose contrasting or similar colors. Bright colors will make shots look more impressive and your subject stands out from the background. At the same time, if we choose different shades of the same color we can also obtain great results.

– Eliminate unnecessary elements . If we think there are some distractions in the shots, we move them. And if we can’t move them, then we trim or delete them. All attention should be directed to the main subject.

The composition rules are still valid . The rule of thirds, leading lines, space for moving subjects, etc. are still valid.

– Pay attention to the background . We must choose the backgrounds carefully, smooth without any element of distraction.

Minimalism is huge right now, whether it’s downsizing to a tiny house or reorganising your closet to only keep what you need. Similarly, you’ve probably noticed minimalist photography trends all over your Pinterest board. But how do you get those stunningly simple photos that you see all over your timelines on social media? Although minimalism photography appears straightforward, the process of creating it is more complex than it first appears. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the minimalist photography tips you’ll need, regardless of how long you’ve been photographing or how new you are to it.

Tripod Or Monopod? – Which One Do You Prefer?

Tripod Or Monopod? – Which One Do You Prefer?

Choosing our photography equipment will always depend on our needs: how we are going to use it, where and how often. The way we stabilize the camera works the same way.

Comparing tripods and monopods can be a passionate discussion and depending on who you ask you will get different answers …

Today we will look at the characteristics of tripods and monopods, along with some concepts and tips to help you choose the one that suits you best.

Monopod

A monopod is  a single pole that supports a camera , video camera, or other type of equipment. This is sometimes known as a kickstand (monopod or unipod in English).

A monopod allows for a more stable photography by reducing vertical plane shake.

These accessories are easily stored and transported . They can generally be folded back like tripods. When you don’t have your camera connected, the monopod can also be used as a walking stick.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to carry a tripod with us . When we need photos without any movement, the monopod can help to achieve this. They are easier to carry and it is more stable than holding the camera by hand.

The camera can be mounted directly on top of the monopod, however it limits the entire composition to being horizontal. To solve this, you can  buy a head that allows the camera to rotate 90 degrees for vertical compositions.

Here Are Some Of The Situations In Which You May Want To Use A Monopod :

Climbing , Excursion, Hiking, Etc.

Sporting Events : In some events, tripods are not allowed, so a monopod is ideal. The monopod takes up very little space. The actions are fast in almost any sporting event, and sometimes the lighting is not the best.

Wild Nature Photography: Wild animals won’t wait for you to mount your tripod.

Museums : This is another one of the places where we are probably not allowed to use a tripod. The lighting is dim and the monopod takes up little space and is easy to transport.

When we use a very heavy lens, such as a 400mm style telephoto lens. These lenses are very large and heavy, and the monopod will make it much easier to hold the camera.

Tripod

A tripod is a portable three-legged frame , used as a platform to support weight and keep the camera stable. A tripod provides stability against vertical and horizontal forces.

The function of a tripod is quite simple: hold the camera in a precise position .

The question here is, when will a photo taken by hand holding the camera have movement?

The general rule of thumb is that the shutter speed should be equal to or faster than the focal length being used so that movement is not noticeable .

This indicates that for a 35mm camera, the exposure time has to be at least as fast as the focal length in seconds . In other words, when using a 100mm focal length on a 35mm camera, the shutter speed should be 1/100 second in length – otherwise it may be difficult to avoid blurry images.

For digital cameras with cropped sensors , convert to 35mm equivalent focal length.

The reason this rule depends on focal length is because zooming in on a subject also magnifies camera shake.

 Long exposures, such as capturing light trails , or star trails .

 Constant shots of the same object / subject at the same height, such as taking pictures for a time-lapse .

 Low light situations.

 When maximum sharpness is desired.

 Video recording

 Macro photography

However, Tripods Have Some Disadvantages Over Monopods:

 They are more expensive

 They are bigger

 Heavier

 More difficult to transport

 Can’t move as fast as monopods on the go

 It takes a few minutes to set it up and get it ready for shooting

Flexible Tripods

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Flexible tripods are an interesting alternative to traditional tripods. These are lighter and more compact than conventional tripods and also have their advantages and disadvantages, but we will see this issue in another post …

The fact is that some models are specially designed to firmly support any SLR camera and are a good option to go on a trip without carrying a lot of weight.

Monopod Vs Tripod – Conclusions

After analyzing these two accessories, we realize that each one has its advantages and disadvantages, and that each one is better depending on the situation.

Personally, I prefer to use a tripod despite its downsides. But as I said before, it depends on your needs and the uses you give it. I do a lot of night photography, which requires long exposures, and in that case I wouldn’t be able to use a monopod.

If photography is your job or if you are an amateur and you take it very seriously, you may end up buying one of each, but if that is not your case, I recommend you analyze everything said above about monopod vs tripod, and think carefully. how you are going to use it, so that you can make the best decision.

When Taking Pictures At Night Or In Low Light, Always Use A Tripod (Or Look For Support)

When Taking Pictures At Night Or In Low Light, Always Use A Tripod (Or Look For Support)

We’ve already established that low light is a problem for smartphone cameras, and while night modes can help, if you’re planning to shoot at night or in challenging conditions (such as at sunset), you’ll want to make sure you have a sturdy tripod nearby.

To avoid blurry photos due to camera shake when using a smartphone without a tripod, try leaning the phone against something solid. If you can’t fix the camera, you’ll have to rely on your pulse as a substitute (advice: holding your breath usually helps).

You Have A Friend In The Grid.

In addition to composition, using a grid makes it easier to adjust the scene when photographing landscapes, for example. A photo can be ruined by a sloping horizon, so using a guide is critical. Most mobile devices have a grid option, which can be used to navigate between menus and stabilise compositions.

A Useful Resource Is Symmetry.

If the subject matter lends itself to it, symmetrical compositions are always a winner. However, you must ensure that it is completely balanced in order for us to not load the effect. The top image’s architecture was challenging to photograph, but the grid again proved to be extremely useful. You can always change the framing in the editor if it’s not perfect the first time.

As with the previous symmetrical scene, this one has very distinct and concentrated lines that lead to the vanishing point at its centre, which is an interesting resource that gives the scene additional depth.

Test Your Reflexes In This Game.

Reflections are a resource associated with symmetry. When photographing landscapes with large bodies of water, we have the opportunity to experiment with the reflections that are created, which can give the impression of repetition.

Observe From A Different Angle.

Photographs taken from the front are fine, but they can be tedious in some cases. When taking pictures with your mobile phone, experimenting with perspective is a great way to create visual tours within the composition while also conveying a sense of depth.

The perspective in the image on the left gives the entire scene more dynamism, whereas the image on the right is too flat.

Onward And Upward

Were we to look at all of the photos we take on our smartphones, we’d see that the vast majority of us use the device while standing, and most of those shots are taken at eye level. We can’t expect to get different results if we always take photos from the same vantage point.

Sitting low to the ground, like in the photo on the left, can make a standard photograph much more interesting. Even so, the possibilities are limitless.

Take A Chance.

As demonstrated in the previous example, one way to avoid the traditional conventional photo is to raise the point of view, but there are numerous other options. When used in conjunction with a nadir shot (from the bottom) or an overhead shot (from above), chopped or contrapicados planes can also add a touch of ‘cool’ to an otherwise classic photograph.