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Snowkiting Key Takeaways

Curtis Jones

Minimalist Photography

Curtis Jones

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25. Snowkiting Key Takeaways
A quick review of the major minimalist techniques, practical advice, and theory used in this session

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Snowkiting Key Takeaways

that's it for the chitin portion. I really had a lot of fun with this concept. I enjoyed combining those two worlds, The clean aesthetic of minimalism with the sort of high adventure fun of chi ting. And it really was great to work with my friends and work with such a great team. So here are the key takeaways from this little trip outside with the kites. Number one, negative space, negative space was huge. It's probably what I relied on the most for that shot of boomer jumping the snow machine, including all that visual sort of mass clean, clean, clean space. And it really helps sell the scale. It really helped calm things down and created that classic calming sort of energy you'd expect from a minimal shot, but it was of a subject that's usually seen or depicted as high energy, high adventure. So I liked that juxtaposition and I think that that negative space was had a lot to do with that. The second thing I wanted to mention was limiting the visual clutter we went on the day that was...

snowing and it just had recently snowed the day before as well. So we had a really clean blanket in the canvas to work from on top of that. I decided to place them against a big skyline that I knew they would appear sharp and clean and pop off of. And the third thing, use the telephoto lens to shoot past just any other potential distractions in the snow, places that were a little bit left bare or rock outcroppings or other caters or snowmobiles and things like that. So those three things really helped limit the amount of visual distractions in the frame. And then the last thing I wanted to mention was just using black and white and place the color these shots in my mind, we're always going to be black and white and the day we went out was overcast and snowing. So it lent itself really well to that conversion. I wanted to portray this idea, this clean aesthetic of minimalism combined with the power and sort of the grace of chi ting as a sport. And so black and white was a really great way to doing that. Also, I hadn't seen this kind of fighting shot done in black and white or in this sort of clean, minimalist way before. So that was also another factor. I wanted to see if I can create an image or a series of images that portrayed chi ting uh in a classic way. So that's it for the snow kiting. I hope you guys enjoyed that. I hope there was something in their value and uh, maybe some of you will decide to try out snow fighting or water fighting or land fighting at some point in the future. Yeah. Mhm Yeah, mm

Class Description

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  • 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)

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This is a brilliant course which I can highly recommend. I have done some Minimalist photography but still found the lessons very interesting. I enjoyed the discussion on colour vs. B&W. My favourite part was to learn how long it takes to plan a shoot, wait for the right conditions, even change the subject if the initial idea doesn't work and see the other images taken during the shoot before (or after) the final image. The presentation is excellent - love the cat :-).

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.