It's Week #49: Black & White Minimalism

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We’ve all heard the phrase “less is more”. In photography, the technical term for this rule is “minimalism”. Minimalism is about taking only the key elements of a scene, and leaving out everything else. Have you ever noticed how beautiful a lone cloud looks against a blue sky? Or how sad you feel seeing someone sitting alone on a bench? Shoot what matters, and you’ll be amazed how powerful your photo will be!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Simple does not mean boring. A mostly white photo with just a small subject in the corner can evoke just as much emotion as a photo with a crowd  of people.
  • Take advantage of negative space. The “empty” space in your photo will draw the attention of the viewer towards the main subject, without being distracted by other items in the photo.
  • Take advantage of lines. Whether they are the main subject in your photo (like this one), or the object that is emphasizing the main subject (like this one), lines are a powerful tool that are all around us!
  • Need more inspiration? We got you! Check it!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Minimalist” album from 2013! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: “Bodyscape

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at a bodyscape! The human body is one of the oldest subjects captured by artists, and a B&W minimalist approach can yield some pretty cool abstract photos! You can check out our “Body” challenge from 2015 for some inspiration.

Check out The Googles for some more inspiration.


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015