Our modern cameras are incredibly complex and the techniques involved in capturing a photograph can be hard to grasp for the novice – this only becomes more so the more we read the Dos and Don’ts of photography from myriad experts. In amongst it all is the importance of simplicity in photography.
At first my understanding of simplicity in photography was to equate it with minimalism. But it is both this and much more. At the heart of it all is the message but it is a good start to begin with simple landscapes/scenes
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour“
Here’s what I’ve gleaned about the importance of Simplicity in Photography @ photographylife.com
- Keep it simple to start with – but look for impact
- Backgrounds are important show off the point of the photo
- Exclude what does not contribute to the overall message/effect
- even complex image are constructed with simplicity as the backbone
With thanks to Patti for providing the theme to this week's Lens Artists Photo Challenge
19 thoughts on “see something simple”
This is such a beautiful post Laura and your images do a wonderful job of demonstrating the power of simplicity in a well composed shot. I absolutely loved your thought of the blue running down to paint the sea. Extraordinary.
many thanks Tina – I had not thought much about the message in a photo before now and so it has given me something to focus on in the future – glad you like the blue sea ‘message’ – it’s just how I see it!
What a very interesting post. I too love the idea of the last photo.
many thanks Jude
Ah, Laura…. I love the poems of your images and the images of your poems. xo
What an engaging twist you have given to these – thank you Marina
How I see / perceive it! 🙂
“even complex image are constructed with simplicity as the backbone” – something I need to remind myself of, good point!
Love ‘hanging by a thread’ – my kind of picture plus seeing it immediately brought that thought to mind.
your food and flower images show how much you understand about the beauty of simplicity and the importance of backgrounds!
p.s. You and I are existentialists then!
Thank you very much, Laura!
Excellent photos and insights on each one.
thank you John
A very beautiful simplicity collection, Laura. I love the reflections in B&W especially. Thank you for the tips for photography.
Thank you – this was a chance to see what if any of my photos fitted the prompt and more importantly why. Glad you learned something too Amy
Excellent. I have to chime in with the blue paint and the sea. Beautiful choices both words and images. Of course I have to love the choice of Blake…
thank you Leya – I know you like Blake and can visualise his poem often in your macros
Laura – a beautiful comment. And it made me happy you can find him there.
Beautiful photos. Loved that B&W
many thanks – the B&W reminded me how much I like this mode and so have switched back to it this week
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