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Minimalist Photography

Lesson 15 of 27

Print Your Work and Harness the Power of Minimalism

Curtis Jones

Minimalist Photography

Curtis Jones

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Lesson Info

15. 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.

Lesson Info

Print Your Work and Harness the Power of Minimalism

I'm gonna take a minute here now and make my plea for printing your work. I think printing your work, no matter what kind of photographer you do and hanging it on the wall, giving it to people are selling it, it doesn't matter. I think it's an important part. There's a reason you're taking these images and it's nice to hold them the tangible print. Seeing it on your wall is gonna just make you feel better about the work that you do that aside. I personally believe that minimalist images hold a special place when you're considering them for wall decor, wall art, they hold this power, this calming energy. And the wonderful thing about a clean, simple minimalist image on the wall is that when you're looking at it, it really gives the viewer time to inspect the whole image to take it in your eyes. Kind of wander around. I mean, you are obviously pulled to what that subject is, but usually there's enough negative space and clean space to kind of breathe out from their wander a bit. Come bac...

k to that image. You know, the great thing about these images, especially if you print them a bit larger uh and have them framed on the wall as you can live in that space and live in the presence of these images, walk by them every day for years and years and years. And they're probably going to give you soothing energy, a calming energy. And there's a place for those more dynamic, more engaging, more colorful images as well. But if you're trying to create that space and capture some of that uh peaceful energy that you may have had while you're out creating the image, you know that mindfulness is connected to the print itself. And the great thing about these minimalist images is that they were supposed to be printed big, make them big bigger than you think they should be, Put them up on your wall and just let them wash over you every day while you're drinking coffee or watching netflix or working out doing yoga. Doesn't matter. Uh, print them big and hang them up. And I truly do believe that if you are creating these images and you put them on your wall, you're gonna build some of that, that peaceful energy and and soothing energy into your life. That's my plea to you guys. If you're gonna shoot photos, print your photos, if you're gonna shoot minimalist photos, definitely print your photos and put them up on your wall, put them right over your bed, put them over your toilet. I don't care what you put them, Just hang them up. Yeah.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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.

ABOUT CURTIS' CLASS:

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • 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.

SOFTWARE USED:

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

Reviews

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!