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Exploring Minimalist Photography - When Less Is Definitely More!

'Minimal yet powerful' is the theme the COOPH team is following for this creative tutorial that explores the world of minimalism.

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The COOPH team are sharing more creative photography ideas you can try at home but this time, it's more about shape, form and lines rather than the bigger picture. 

In the photography tutorial, the COOPH team focus on clear objects and perfecting composition while avoiding clutter to create simple yet striking images that demonstrate really well that sometimes, less is definitely more. 


Portrait silhouette


Portraits are up first which are captured indoors against a plain background so silhouettes and shape take centre-stage rather than colour and detail before the COOPH team move on to photographing objects. They start by securing a glass of liquid to a slanted table before grabbing some flour to capture patterns of recognisable items in its surface. 


Shapes in flour


Simple shapes can make striking images and in the video, a simple black frame on a black wall creates an abstract image that stands out from the crowd while a strip light looks great set against dark walls when converted to mono. 


Masks on a washing line


You don't have to remove colour completely from your minimalist images as the COOPH team show when photographing topically accurate masks on a washing line sat against a blue sky. They also illuminate the inside of a red locker which looks great when photographed from the outside so you can just see a peep of the light shining out. 




House plants can look cool when photographed against the light or a plain background as they already have interesting shapes, you just need to find a way to exaggerate them. You can also do a similar thing with larger objects and empty space as negative space is an excellent tool we tend to not use too much. In their example, the COOPH team put a white chair out in the snow so the shapes of the object become the focus of the simple, yet effective, image. 


House Plant


While on your daily walk, single trees can make excellent subjects for this style of photography and they look even better when it's snowing as the stark bark and stripped branches really contrast well against the white snow and bleached out sky. 


Chair in the snow


The COOPH team's final tip is to play around with exposure levels when photographing lights indoors or out to make them the focus of your image, allowing everything else around them to fade to black. 


Tree in snow


For more minimalist photography tips, have a read of this: 7 Top Tips For Minimalist Photography

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