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An introduction to minimalism in photography with stunning examples

Have you heard about minimalism in photography?  When people ask me how to make good photographs, I tell them – “Keep it simple” Yes, keeping it simple works – but why? You take photographs because  you see something interesting in a frame. But you are, usually, unaware of the unwanted elements in the frame. The unwanted elements distract the image by diverting viewers’ attention.

So,What is Minimalism in Photography?

Minimalism in photography, as in any art form, helps to accentuate the main subject by eliminating the unwanted elements. It is usually taken by focusing on a single subject, or  a few elements. A minimalist photograph stands out since it is easy to understand what the photographer wants the viewer to know. It is like a simple sentence; a photograph with too many elements is like a complex sentence. I don’t mean one should take only minimalist photographs; A photograph with several elements in the frame is difficult to compose. If you don’t know how to compose it properly,  it would be messy like a complex sentence with bad punctuation.

Some examples of minimalism in photography

Lonely tree in desert

Photo Credits: Roberto Bertero/1x


Lady standing near a door wearing tank top

Photo Credits: Marcus Bjorkman/1x

Rocket leaving smoke trail behind

Photo Credits: David Virster/500px

snow surfer

Photo Credits: Peter Svoboda/1x

ladybug and bokeh

Photo Credits: BLOADMeven/500px

man walking

Photo Credits: Izidor Gasperlin/1x

two swans swimming

Photo Credits: Edwin Kats/500px

A women near a triangle window

Photo Credits: John Fan/1x

black and white cat and yellow wall

Photo Credits: Marian Gabriel/500px

fruit and window

Photo Credits: Carina Sirbu/1x

man walking on a beach

Photo Credits: Segard Frederic/1x

girl and green chairs

Photo Credits: Marcus Bjorkman/1x

a man walking down the stairs

Photo Credits: Marcus Bjorkman/1x

Vidhu S

Vidhu S

Editor/co-founder at Shutterstoppers
Vidhu is an enthusiastic photographer from Kerala, India. His desire to share his knowledge and experience on photography was the motivation for creating Shutterstoppers. His dream is to provide a platform for people all around the world to exchange ideas and information on everything related to photography. In addition to photography, he also has a keen interest in traveling, philately and science.
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