A quick Introduction to the class, Curtis, and what students can look forward to.
- Minimalism - A Few Words to Start
A brief explanation of what minimalism photography is in the context of what I do and how it will be applied in this class.
- The Power of Negative Space
Learn to see the space between your subjects and understand the balance between space and the subject it surrounds.
- Learn to See Visual Clutter
With examples from his travels around the world, Curtis will identify scenes that contain distractions that muddle the composition. Learn to see these disruptions so you can explore how much information to keep and how much to take away from the image before it loses impact.
- Isolating Your Anchor
Every scene has something that speaks to each photographer. Learn to identify a strong subject and build your clean composition around it.
- Composing for Better Minimalist Photographs
A review of traditional compositional principles, how to use them to your advantage in minimalist work, and why sometimes it makes sense to break the rules.
- Choosing Gear to Create Minimalist Photographs
Whether it’s a telephoto lens, a neutral density filter, or a tripod – the right gear can sometimes make a huge difference between a busy picture and a powerful photograph. In this lesson, we will review the equipment I use most often and why, when creating minimalist images.
- Black and White the Classic Approach
Learn to use black and white processes to improve your composition and simplify your message. In this lesson, we will cover the power of contrast, light, shadow, and shape to build striking, clean images.
- Working With Color
Sometimes the perfect splash of color is exactly what your minimalist scene needs. Learn when color helps and how to use it selectively when finding your shot.
- Location Session - Apex Beach
Head outside with Curtis to the frozen shores of the Canadian Arctic as he walks you through his process of using color to create a minimal photograph in a historic location.
- Apex Beach - Wrap Up
Review the final image from our outdoor session and discover the reasons why color helps create a stronger story than the same image in black and white.
- Timing and Weather
Weather conditions and light can have a big impact on creating clean images. Fog, snow, overcast conditions, or simply going out when the light hits your subject just right are excellent tools for a minimalist photographer.
- Common Traps and How to Avoid Them
Sometimes we shoot for something so simple it becomes dull. Learn to build depth and interest back into a scene and move from the one-dimensional images.
- Post-Processing - When I Use it and Why?
Using Lightroom and Photoshop Curtis will walk through several examples where editing can elevate what you’ve created in the field and enhance the simplification of your images.
- Print Your Work and Harness the Power of Minimalism
Learn to leverage the power of minimalism to create peace and calm, by bringing balance to your portfolio. Curtis will touch on wall art, prints, and the effect minimalist photography can have on your space and your wellbeing.
- Three Easy Exercises to Kick Start Your Journey into Minimalism
Using three simple examples, Curtis will demonstrate how you can start shooting cleaner, minimalist photographs right away.
- Location Session - Sled Dog Portrait
In this lesson Curtis takes you along to photograph one of his favorite Arctic subjects, the Inuit Sled Dog.
- Sled Dog Portrait Image Review
Work through examples from our time out with the dogs to better understand how to select for and breakdown the cleanest most interesting portrait of the day.
- Sled Dog Portrait Key Takeaway
A quick review of the major minimalist techniques and theory used in this session
- Location Session - Arctic Drone Flight
In this outdoor demonstration we hook up a team of Sled dogs and launch our drone. Come along as we head out into the vast beauty of the Canadian Arctic at sunset to create a special minimalist image Curtis has been dreaming of for a while.
- Arctic Drone Flight Image Review
Why certain images work when others don’t. The importance of planning for light and weather, and a comparison of Curtis’s favourite drone images from our adventure on the sea ice.
- Arctic Drone Flight Key Takeaways
Let’s review the choices and planning that lead to getting our strongest, high angle minimalist images of the evening.
- Snowkiting In the Canadian Arctic - Location Session
Minimalism is not just for Fine Art and Landscapes anymore. Join Curtis and some world class adventure athletes out on the snow covered tundra of Canada’s Baffin Island for some high flying minimalist fun.
- Snowkiting Image Review
Curtis will walk you through his process of building minimalist adventure images with a specific breakdown of his strongest kiting shots of the day.
- Snowkiting Key Takeaways
A quick review of the major minimalist techniques, practical advice, and theory used in this session
A final review of the important topics we covered in this class that will get you out shooting your own minimalist images in no time at all.
Final words and big thank you!