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Minimalist Photography

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Curtis Jones

Minimalist Photography

Curtis Jones

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Lesson Info

1. Introduction
A quick Introduction to the class, Curtis, and what students can look forward to.

Lesson Info


Yeah. Hi everybody. My name is Curtis jones. I'm a photographer from Canada and welcome to my class, minimalism, photography. I got a lot of fun stuff to share with you guys. I've got some theories, some techniques, all kinds of examples. We're gonna go through all the different elements of what I consider important in creating minimalist photos, how to simplify compositions and get rid of visual clutter to hopefully show you guys step by step, how you can start incorporating a lot of the minimalist technique and style into your work. And then we're gonna go outside, we're going to harness up the dogs were gonna fly some kites, we're gonna get out into the snow and have some fun adventure and do some real time real world photo shoots and apply all of that technique and theory so I can show you guys how I would use these minimalism concepts in actual work that I do for my clients and for my personal work. So it's gonna be a lot of fun. I'm really excited to share this place with you guy...

s. I'm excited to talk about minimalism, but I'm probably more excited just to show you guys this backdrop. I really wanted to shoot this class up here because this place is so important to me and I really feel that minimalism, photography, that style just pair so nicely with this place. This environment, the locations, the characters. Thanks for signing up. Thanks for taking the first step and hitting this. Welcome to introduction part or maybe you're just watching a trailer. Point is you've done the hard part, You press play once you can press it again and again and again. These guys are excited. I hope you have a good time. Uh, so welcome.

Class Description


  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of creating strong minimalist compositions.
  • Use negative space with intention. Establish mood, control balance in your frame, and elevate your subject from the visual clutter.
  • Avoid common traps that can lead to flat or boring minimalist images.
  • Explore how much information to keep and how much to take away from the image before it loses impact.
  • Understand common gear and technique choices that complement the minimalist style.


Do you ever wonder why certain photographs linger with the viewer long after they see them? Why sometimes the smallest point of interest makes the biggest impression? How so much “nothing” can feel so compelling in a scene? Minimalism photography techniques can add a powerful storytelling element to any genre, they can evoke emotion, and bring balance to your frame. Using Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic as his backdrop, this class will outline Curtis’s approach to creating stronger images with a minimalist mindset.

Learn to use the creative techniques of minimalism to intentionally account for every inch of your frame. Discover how to minimize clutter, work with negative space, and master visual balance to boost the overall impact of your compositions. Working in a clean visual style students will learn to look for strong anchors, shapes, and lines while eliminating visual distractions. Curtis will share his experiences and images from some of the world’s most remote destinations to help kick-start your journey toward simplified, cleaner photographs that capture the essence of our world.


  • Beginner and intermediate photographers interested in outdoor and landscape photography.
  • Photographers who want to understand and create with elements of minimalism to help capture the strength and essence of your subject.
  • Photographers looking to create cleaner, simplified images that leave an impact on the viewer.


Adobe Lightroom Classic (8.4.1)
Adobe Photoshop CC (20.0.8)


Bradley Wari

Great Job! Great course! loved the bloopers, had a few laughs. I really enjoyed how he showed a little of how he worked the scene of a few of his images. showing multiple images and how he got to THE shot.

Deb Williams

Great class, good length and easy to follow along. A fantastic way to challenge yourself to look at composition differently and a course full of useful tips to try out.

Greg Emerson

Excellent course Curtis! This is a great reminder that colour and complexity can often be the very reason you're not nailing that great shot. I particularly enjoyed how you showed us that beautiful images are always there right in front of you, even in crappy weather!