Creative Challenges – Minimalism vs. Inclusiveness

It has been my experience that, learning to see is one of the hardest skills to master. One of the ways you go about mastering this is to capture photos of the same scene in completely different styles and composition. For example here are few photos of the same scene captured as either an all inclusive landscape or a minimalist image.

This month’s challenge to be able to capture a scene in completely different styles.

Objective: Capture a single scene or subject in multiple different ways.

What You Will Learn

  • How to enhance your images by making creative choices in the field
  • How to effectively use your camera settings to control what your viewers see
  • How local elements like mist and other weather conditions can impact the overall mood of your photos and change your viewers’ perception of the scene
  • How light, angle, color scheme, depth of field and other elements can help you to simplify and enhance your compositions
  • How to develop an all-inclusive workflow that focuses on equipment, camera settings, composition, light and location

In the following video Varina offers some tips, techniques and creative ideas for coming up with different compositions of the same scene. She gives a few examples of minimalist and inclusive compositions and shares some of her own personal workflow in the field to help you get started.

Are you ready to jump in and get started? Feel free to submit your images in the comments below:

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

Patience is a virtue...unless you are chasing your dreams

  • Sahajpal Rai

    Here is the another one that I took in desert Joshua National Park. I look around and found these flowers with lines and colors. Please let me know what do you think Jay? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a63dcebf7106e4df5827ccb2fc2c80834541013d99cf16fc3f725059673753cd.jpg

    • Jay Patel

      Nice…Critique is not the objective of the challenge. The objective of these challenges is to improve your creativity. So, I will refrain from critiquing the photo.

      I would suggest you look at other peoples work and think about what works…and why it works. This will help you improve your skills more than anything else.