The art of minimalism

Creating quiet images

In photography we strive to declutter our images. Anything that distracts from the intended subject must be pushed out of frame.

In Finding Beauty we take this to the max. Welcome to the art of minimalism!

You can apply minimalism to any genre of photography, and in Finding Beauty we apply it to lifestyle photos.

 

 

A quiet image defined

Our goal in Finding Beauty is to shoot images with these qualities:

1. Simplicity — Clean lines and shapes.

2. Breathing room — The subject is allowed a comfortable amount of negative space.

3. Free of clutter — All unnecessary elements are out of frame.

 

 

 

Busy and quiet are relative terms. (Busy compared to what? Quiet compared to what?)

How little can you have in your shot until it feels empty to you?

 

Quiet images are nested

Once you find a quiet angle — with breathing room — don’t move. Hold your position. Explore iterations within that single camera angle.

There is always another even more minimalist shot waiting.

How far you take it towards minimalism is up to you!


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Best of Photographing Flora – our student’s work

Our February’s PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course at BPSOP just finished and it was again a fantastic time spent with our students! We have to admit, that being in the company of photographers and flora enthusiasts is a wonderful combination!

We have enjoyed creative work of our students so much, that it would be a shame not to share their fantastic pictures with the rest of the world. As image speaks for the thousands words, we will let you enjoy their work and their feedback below.

We are opening next PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course in April, please join us here and learn how to take creative shots of flora too.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas


 

Jacqui Nye

 

Karen Partridge

 

Judith Roberson

 

Cathy Sundermann

 

Karen Partridge

 

David Candler

 

Jacqui Nye

 

Mary Jo Beck

 

Karen Partridge

 

Cathy Sundermann

 

David Candler

 

Judith Roberson

 

Mary Jo Beck

 

Just enjoyed another one of your critiques. Thank you for an excellent course. This was my first experience with BPSOP so I was curious to see how things went. I will definitely consider another course. As for flora photography, I have always been an outside in the garden or on hiking trails kind of flora shooter. Your class has stretched my creative approach to nature. I still love the “capture” of things growing – akin to flora portrait work I guess – but, you have inspired me to try new things which I will continue to do. Thank you very much.
Mary Jo Beck

 

Many thanks to Monika and Patrik for an excellent course. It has been most enjoyable and I have learned a lot. I hope some time you do a followup course.
Maureen

 

Thanks Patrik and Monika, I too really enjoyed the class. I have taken other BPSOP classes, and admit that I was most nervous about taking this class. I learned a lot and it helped build up my confidence when taking flora pictures. Unfortunately, I’m thinking that, over the next few weeks, our house will no longer resemble a plant nursery like it has over the last four weeks 😉
Karl Gilmore

 

 

One Minute Landscape Fixes with Luminar 4

Let’s face it – we’re not always lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. There are just too many variables, with weather being the one we have the least control over.

In my case, that means coming back with images that just don’t match my expectations for the location or what I saw in my mind at the time. Luckily, there are easy fixes to most of these problems.

AI, or Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days, and it’s making its way into our image editing software (and cameras!). Luminar 4, from Skylum, has a number of very useful AI tools that can quickly turn a blah image into something worth sharing. For this post, I’ve selected an image I captured in Joshua Tree National Park, and kept my editing time down to one minute or less just to see what could be done.

Here’s the original image:

Starting off in Luminar 4 in the Essential panel, I use AI Enhance, and boost the Accent to 50. I’m going to leave the AI Sky Enhancer at 0, as I have something else in mind here:

Next, AI Structure, where I use an Amount of 30, and a Boost of 15 to add detail into the image without having the halo effect you often get from sharpening.

Next is the Landscape Enhancer, where I can add a little dehaze, warming, and slight boost to the greens in the Joshua Trees.

 

Finally, I’ll select the Creative panel, and fix up that drab sky with the AI Sky Replacement control. Selecting one of the included skies, Luminar will adjust the lighting in my image as needed

 

Total time, about 45 seconds. Here’s the before and after. What used to be hours of masking, selecting, and adjusting is now just a few clicks away!

– BPSOP Instructor: Jon Canfield 

Jon teaches:

Luminar Essentials 

Mastering Apple Photos

 

 

Flora through frosty window (and not only in winter!)

Beauty of photographing flora lays in the variety of different techniques you can try to get different and creative results! One of them, which we cover in our course Photographing Flora is to photograph through frosty window.

Results are extraordinary – and you have to agree – they are different!

Now – yes, we know – how the heck should I photograph flowers through frosty windows if a) winter season decided to ignore us this year and it is so warm! Or b) I live in the area where frosty windows are unheard of?

Fear no more and don’t give up on your creative project, as there is such a thing like “Spray Glass Frost”! Yes! It costs few bucks and you can order it online on Amazon here or buy it in your local craft store. All of the images you see here were taken with outside temperature 50F (10C) and you have to admit, they look very realistic and very “wintery”.

Application is very simple – just spray your dry window (inside), wait few minutes and voilá – frost is here! You can place your flora subjects in front or behind the window, results are stunning in both cases. Caution – do not clean your window with any detergents before spray application, it would destroy the effect…

To learn more how to photograph Flora, please join us in our class Photographing Flora – we would be delighted to meet you and explore plenty other creative ways together!

Monika and Patrik Banas

Our Flora Portfolio can be found here.

 

 

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