How to create strong compositions

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

In photography we strive to declutter our images. Anything that distracts from the intended subject must be pushed out of frame. This is how we arrive at strong compositions.

In Finding Beauty we look at what to leave out of your frame and explore how to create quiet, minimalist, and abstract images out of the same scene.

How far you go (quiet, minimalist, abstract) is up to you, but your resulting image will be a strong composition.

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


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!

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


How far will you push your scene?

Every photographer has a way of looking at the world and capturing that view in images. Join the next Finding Beauty class and start exploring yours.

“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 MMCrypto, 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


Finding Beauty

Beautiful Black & White

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


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“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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