Do you know how to capture the essence of any scene?

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

Equally important is to be able to do this in-camera. So if you’re cropping your photos, read on.

​Because once you know the secrets that all good photographers know, you can capture captivating photos — and in-camera.


Look for the breathing room

Breathing room is a photographer’s best friend.

Breathing room is the area in the image where not much is happening.

By having more of your frame dedicated to “not much going on”, you allow the “where something is happening” to speak louder.

(Read more here.)


Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Creating a captivating photo in-camera is quite possibly the most challenging skill to master, and you will learn how to do this in Finding Beauty.

In this class you’ll learn how to arrive at the essence of any scene. And yes, do it in-camera.

You’ll also explore how to create quiet, minimalist, and abstract images out of the same scene.

You you might even discover a whole other side of your photography that you didn’t know existed! (Read more here.)


“This is the best advanced class I have ever taken.”


Challenge yourself to get it in-camera

Everything becomes easy once you know how to do it.

In Finding Beauty you’ll learn how to how to simplify a scene to its very essence, which apply to every genre of photography.

Then you’ll know a secret that all good photographers know.

“Taking this class has changed the way I see the world.”

Don’t miss out!

Whether you are new to photography or have been shooting for years, you won’t want to miss taking Finding Beauty.

Brit has been teaching photographers and artists for over 20 years. She will work with you where you’re at and help you reach your own personal next level.

Already an advanced photographer? Wanting to create fine art photos? Then make sure to introduce yourself to Brit in the class forum at the outset of Finding Beauty to receive extra guidance during image reviews. She will help you understand what you need to get to your next level.

After the class is over you become eligible to continue working with Brit in private, one-on-one Private Mentoring sessions.


Secure your spot and sign up now!

“I loved this course!  It awakened a new way of looking at things in me and I am excited!



“I rarely speak out with this level of enthusiasm for any of our instructors because ALL of our instructors are equally great in teaching their individual craft, so why have I chosen to call attention to one of our instructors, Brit Hammer? Simply because of Brit’s ability to transform each of her students’ vision from good to great consistently, time and time again; in part because of her insightful lessons, but I can say unequivocally that Brit’s greatest strength is her in-depth and disarming critique style of each student’s weekly assignments. It is the most often comment I receive from BPSOP students: ‘Brit’s critiques were the greatest value in this course. The assignments were great, BUT the critiques were by far the most valuable!’  In closing, if you have yet to take a class from Brit, consider filling the ‘void’ with the best opportunity to grow your photography in ways you have perhaps never imagined! — Bryan F. Peterson



“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

“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.

“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

“Less might be more! A beautiful image draws the eye and invites pondering what it actually is and what it might be. Warmth and calm can be achieved in an image. These are new ideas for me…I have been a person who likes riotous color and dramatic contrasts. This course has opened my eyes to so much more. Thank you!” — Gisela N.

“I’ve gotten a lot out of your course, especially creating quieter images with more subdued color. It’s freed me up to look at everything and to get in closer to the subject without the pressure to create a bold, in-your-face loud image. Also, thank you for your positive feed back as well as having this class in this class in the first place.”— Ellen M.

“I have always admired lifestyle images and the serenity they convey. Thanks to Brit’s teaching and suggestions in this beautiful course I learned how to tell a story in a different perspective. Thanks again for teaching me to seek beauty in simplicity!” — Cristina P.

“I had never given much thought to negative space or to finding pictures inside of a picture. My eyes are open to so many new ideas.”— Ann K.

“This class improved my ability to see photographic opportunities in everyday objects that are all around us.” — Kip K.

““Thanks for the great classes, Brit!” — Kris

“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.

“I have often found myself in a location that has lots of potential for a photograph, but there is so much going on visually that to make a compelling image in difficult. Finding Beauty has really helped me to find ways to improve my photos by simplifying and decluttering them. Brit has many excellent case studies to show how to think about a location to find  memorable photographs within it. Her critiques and comments have been both instructive and encouraging. I would highly recommend this class.” — Bob R.

“Brit urges students to make images mindfully, to strip away the non-essential to find beauty in detail and simplicity. Her critiques are delivered with care, kindness  and understanding of the level of skill of the student.” — Anne F.

“I mostly take landscapes, with a special focus on trees. This class has taught me to look for the small bits around us that make up the bigger pieces of nature. Not in the macro sense, but in the larger scope of it all. I have gotten a lot out of it. Your critiques are thorough and thoughtful. I am so appreciative of your kind words.” — Cindy K.

“Brit taught me to look for ways to distinguish and distill the qualities that define the beauty I see until what I am left with is a minimalist expression of that beauty. Great class!” — Dorothy R.

“Taking this class has changed the way I see the world.” — Marian L.

“I had never given much thought to negative space or to finding pictures inside of a picture. My eyes are open to so many new ideas.”— Ann K.

“I would like to thank you for your wonderful course and your personal, meaningful and encouraging critiques. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect, but particularly your personal responses. What a great teacher you are. Thanks again.” — Brigitte E.

“Great class! It was exactly what I was looking for!” — Mark R.

“I just wanted to thank you for another wonderful class. I have to confess that each week when I read the new assignment, my first reaction was mild panic and a deep certainty that I would not be able to produce anything worthwhile that fit within the parameters you had set. But before I knew it, the ideas started to flow, and I quickly became obsessed (no, that isn’t too strong a word!) with exploring the possibilities. I can honestly say that the photos I produced in response to your assignments are among my favorites. Thanks for bringing out a creative side I didn’t know I had!”

Barbara Geiger
Understanding Color

“Thank you so very much for this course! It’s allowed me to take the blinders off and present my images for what I want them to be without being a slave to the “reality” of the camera. I would also add that in conjunction with your printing course, this has been the most useful course I’ve ever taken. Your notes are more than comprehensive and your comments and critiques are direct, clear, and always directed to the improvement of the art.”

After the click

” I want to thank you for this class and for your patience and availability to answer all of my questions. I have learned very much through this class. I have used LR in the past, but mostly for editing images. I now have a better grasp in the organization of my images, an even better understanding of editing images, and an understanding of the value of presets. I still have a lot to learn, but this has put me on the road to be able to improve my photography. Again, thank you! ”

Dale Yates
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