How do you find a strong composition?

The answer is to apply the concept of minimalism.

Minimalism leads you to strong images by embracing these three concepts:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Breathing room
  3. Free of clutter

When applied to photography, minimalism is the point at which an image would fall apart if any element is removed or pushed out of frame.

This is how you get your image in the sweet spot.


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


The key to finding the sweet spot

If minimalism leads to an image’s sweet spot, then how do you find it?

The secret is to ask this question: How far can you go until the image falls apart?

The only way to to know…is to go beyond that point…using a systematic approach.



Hone in on the sweet spot

The systematic approach to finding the sweet spot is through iteration.

Each iteration moves you either closer — or further away — from the sweet spot.

The trick is to identify what is working and what is not.

Keep in mind that every scene offers you multiple minimalist images, not just one or two.

Once you understand how to find the sweet spot, you can apply it to every genre of photography.



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


The question will guide you to the sweet spot

With practice you’ll know right away when you hit the sweet spot.

So remember to ask the question:

How far can you go until your image falls apart? How much can you remove until the image becomes boring?

This is how you arrive at a strong composition.



“If you are looking to move more into fine art photography, then Finding Beauty is the course that will help you get there.”


Ready to create strong images?

In Finding Beauty  you’ll learn how to find the sweet spot and capture the essence of any scene.

The emphasis in this course is on seeing and capturing images in-camera.

Use any camera — even your phone! No post-processing skills are needed.

The course material is richly illustrated with case studies in many photography genres.


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


What Bryan says about instructor Brit Hammer

In a previous newsletter Bryan wrote this:

“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.

This 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!’

If you have yet to take a class from Brit, consider [this] the best opportunity to grow your photography in ways you have perhaps never imagined!” — Bryan F Peterson




Finding Beauty

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** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **



Brit Hammer is an international award-winning photographer, bestselling author, and a celebrated artist whose work is aptly described as fresh and optimistic.

Brit’s students love her intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing because the results are unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth.

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“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 Rick Elliot