In Brit Hammer’s course Finding Beauty your images will get simplified. Decluttered. Quiet. Your compositions will get stronger, too. And what photographer doesn’t want great images?
Eliminate the unnecessary
Hans Hofmann (1880 – 1966) was an influential abstract expressionist painter working in New York. He wrote, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
This is the central tenet of Finding Beauty.
Creating breathing room
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 approach this goal from several different directions.
One of the ways is by creating breathing room, which is not necessarily the same as negative space.
“There are great photographers and great teachers, but it is rare to find a great photographer who’s also a wonderful instructor; Brit embodies that rare combination.”
How do you create breathing room?
Finding a quiet image in a busy scene often means to choose one specific subject and to find a way to isolate it. Some of the ways of doing that are:
- Move around the subject until the background is clean.
- Frame tighter….but not too tightly.
- Change image orientation (or aspect ratio).
- Take a step back and zoom in.
- Use a shallow depth of field.
This is the secret to creating quiet images whereby everything unnecessary is eliminated so the necessary elements may speak.
“This is the best advanced class I have ever taken.”
Start creating quiet images
Our goal in Finding Beauty is to shoot images with three 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.
“Taking this class has changed the way I see the world.”
BPSOP students love Brit Hammer
“There are great photographers and great teachers, but it is rare to find a great photographer who’s also a wonderful instructor; Brit embodies that rare combination.” — Tennessee
“This is the best advanced class I have ever taken. Finding Beauty has been a true eye-opener me. Brit has helped me to develop a different style of photography that I am sure will help my overall photography. I highly recommend this class — especially to those who already have a basic understanding of photography — although that is not a requirement.” — Curt M.
“If you are looking to move more into fine art photography, then Finding Beauty is the course that will help you get there. While focused on minimalism, I found the concepts and techniques presented in this course to be easy to understand, while challenging me to expand my vision and shooting style. Brit’s critiques were extremely insightful and helped me to become more focused on developing my artistic voice.” — Laura R.
“I loved this course! It awakened a new way of looking at things in me and I am excited. Thank you again!” — Norma
“I’d like to thank you for your insights and different perspectives. Between [Beautiful Black & White] and Finding Beauty you’ve helped clarify my interest in more minimalistic photography. You’ve also helped stimulate my muse.” — Marc
“I really love your courses. They energize my seeing and encourage me to have fun with my camera. Thank you for opening my eyes!” — Chris
“Your remarks really encouraged and motivated me. Thanks for all of the effort you put into this course and how you have helped me hone my vision of what I want to accomplish with my interest in minimalism — especially with the way you analyze our class photos and point out observations of my own individual style that I have never been aware of. Your input has had a significant impact on how I will observe and try to capture minimal, quiet, peaceful scenes wherever I go.” — John
“I really love your teaching style.” — Merrill
“In her critiques, Brit offers alternative ways to frame the image, encouraging exploration and experimentation. I feel that my skills have grown a lot in this class.” — Maureen M.
“Thank you for another great class. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness that you put into your feedback. You make connections between photos, encourage avenues to explore, and lead me to see the world around me in a new way. Fantastic class! I couldn’t be more satisfied.” — Susan J.
“Taking this class has changed the way I see the world.” — Marian L.
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