07 STRIVE FOR SIM­PLIC­ITY

Don’t pack your sub­jects in like sar­dines, keep things sim­ple

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Sim­plic­ity is one of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of de­sign, what­ever medium you are work­ing in, and it’s one of the hard­est things to achieve in pho­tog­ra­phy. You re­ally should strive for it as a sim­ple im­age is gen­er­ally a strong im­age, and keep­ing things clean and un­clut­tered sets the stage for the other ideas dis­cussed in this ar­ti­cle.

You should nor­mally work to have be­tween one and three main el­e­ments in your im­age. If you have more than three it be­comes ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to keep the photo from be­ing too busy, which will weaken it.

A big part of be­ing aware, which we dis­cussed on page 30, is look­ing for sim­plic­ity. What you are re­ally do­ing is look­ing at the scene very care­fully and at­tempt­ing to find only the el­e­ments you want, with none of the el­e­ments you don’t. Move around a lit­tle and see how al­ter­ing your po­si­tion makes more or fewer el­e­ments vis­i­ble within the land­scape you want to pho­to­graph.

If we think about the need for sim­plic­ity in con­junc­tion with the back­ground and fore­ground idea (page 32) it starts to show a full pic­ture of what I look for when out shoot­ing. Find the per­fect back­ground and fore­ground first, and then search for the per­fect place where only two or three main el­e­ments are present, and noth­ing else.

EX­PO­SURE 1.3 sec, f/11, ISO200 LENS Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF -ED VR

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