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Minimalism - A Few Words to Start

Curtis Jones

Minimalist Photography

Curtis Jones

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2. Minimalism - A Few Words to Start
A brief explanation of what minimalism photography is in the context of what I do and how it will be applied in this class.

Lesson Info

Minimalism - A Few Words to Start

So before we get started, I want to take a quick minute just to go over minimalism in the context of how I use it. And the kind of photographs that I take I incorporate minimalism work into my client portfolio and my personal projects all the time. It's a sliding scale of how minimal and image is going to be from image to image. But my hope is that throughout my body of work, there's a clean aesthetic. By removing distractions and using strong visual composition. A minimalist approach can help you create intriguing photographs with absolute focus on one subject, whether you call it minimalism or simplifying or cleaning an image up, it's all the same concept with a slightly different approach. Minimalism is not new, It's been around in many different art forms for a long time. I don't think there's one specific description that I would apply to minimalism and it's gonna be different for every creator. Is an image deep and complex, or is it flat, boring and an interesting. I don't think ...

there's one right answer, but there are guidelines and elements that we can incorporate into our work to help create minimalist images. We're going to cover how to simplify your vision, how to recognize and remove clutter and visual distraction, the power of negative space and the balance between positive and negative. The idea of building a clean, strong image around a single anchor, the gear that I like to use to help create these images and tons more simplifying and removing distractions is always a good idea, no matter what kind of photograph you're taking, minimalism is just an extreme form of that.

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.