Tips for Taking Minimalist Landscape Photography

In today’s article, you’ll learn ten top tips to produce the perfect minimalist landscape.
Read on to find out how to create minimalism in your photography today!

Best Locations for Minimalist Landscape Photography

Location is arguably the most important thing to consider. Certain places lend themselves to minimalist photography more than others.
It’s possible to create minimalism more or less anywhere with the right lens, and a careful selection of components. But visiting more remote locations will give you more options.

  • Coastal areas – Coastal areas will offer a clear sky and a clear foreground. These are both useful when you’re looking to create minimalism.
  • Deserts – Similar to coastal areas, the sparsity of deserts lends them to minimalist landscapes.
  • Mountains – Mountains also have potential minimalist features. Not as ideal as coastal and desert areas, but you’ll still find good locations here too.

Compose Your Minimalist Landscapes Without Extra Elements

As mentioned earlier, photography is the art of subtraction. This concept can be readily applied to minimalist landscape composition. You’re really aiming to remove as many unwanted elements as you can, to keep the photo as open as possible.
Visiting the right location will help a lot, as you won’t need to deal with too many unwanted elements in the first place. But there are some composition tricks that will help too.

  • The rule of thirds – Generally used as a tighter crop. For minimalist images, compose slightly wider yet keep the same proportions in your photo. You’ll want a focal point in your photo, but it shouldn’t dominate the frame.
  • Expansive compositions – Include a large amount of negative space. This area of the image should dominate the whole photo. The main subject of the photo will be small, and will likely appear at the bottom of the frame. You can also compose it in the left or right third of the image, to keep within the rule of thirds. The remainder of the frame should be kept as clean as possible, to give a minimalist feel. This sometimes needs a background that has some texture and gradation to it.

Using a wide angle lens

One of the best lenses for minimalist landscape photography is wide-angle, but you need to be in the right location. Using this kind of lens in a busy urban environment for instance will be challenging when it comes to producing minimalism.
To get the most out of this lens choose an environment that itself is minimal. Now when you open out to those wide focal lengths, you won’t need to deal with distracting elements coming into your frame.
A minimalist photo needs a strong subject to play off against those negative spaces though. With the wide-angle lens, you’ll need to be in a location where you can get physically close enough to your main subject.

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