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Minimalist Photography

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  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of creating strong minimalist compositions.
  • Use negative space with intention. Establish mood, control balance in your frame, and elevate your subject from the visual clutter.
  • Avoid common traps that can lead to flat or boring minimalist images.
  • Explore how much information to keep and how much to take away from the image before it loses impact.
  • Understand common gear and technique choices that complement the minimalist style.


Do you ever wonder why certain photographs linger with the viewer long after they see them? Why sometimes the smallest point of interest makes the biggest impression? How so much “nothing” can feel so compelling in a scene? Minimalism photography techniques can add a powerful storytelling element to any genre, they can evoke emotion, and bring balance to your frame. Using Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic as his backdrop, this class will outline Curtis’s approach to creating stronger images with a minimalist mindset.

Learn to use the creative techniques of minimalism to intentionally account for every inch of your frame. Discover how to minimize clutter, work with negative space, and master visual balance to boost the overall impact of your compositions. Working in a clean visual style students will learn to look for strong anchors, shapes, and lines while eliminating visual distractions. Curtis will share his experiences and images from some of the world’s most remote destinations to help kick-start your journey toward simplified, cleaner photographs that capture the essence of our world.


  • Beginner and intermediate photographers interested in outdoor and landscape photography.
  • Photographers who want to understand and create with elements of minimalism to help capture the strength and essence of your subject.
  • Photographers looking to create cleaner, simplified images that leave an impact on the viewer.


Adobe Lightroom Classic (8.4.1)
Adobe Photoshop CC (20.0.8)


  • Introduction
  • Minimalism - A Few Words to Start
  • The Power of Negative Space
  • Learn to See Visual Clutter
  • Isolating Your Anchor
  • Composing for Better Minimalist Photographs
  • Choosing Gear to Create Minimalist Photographs
  • Black and White the Classic Approach
  • Working With Color
  • Location Session - Apex Beach
  • Apex Beach - Wrap Up
  • Timing and Weather
  • Common Traps and How to Avoid Them
  • Post-Processing - When I Use it and Why?
  • Print Your Work and Harness the Power of Minimalism
  • Three Easy Exercises to Kick Start Your Journey into Minimalism
  • Location Session - Sled Dog Portrait
  • Sled Dog Portrait Image Review
  • Sled Dog Portrait Key Takeaway
  • Location Session - Arctic Drone Flight
  • Arctic Drone Flight Image Review
  • Arctic Drone Flight Key Takeaways
  • Snowkiting In the Canadian Arctic - Location Session
  • Snowkiting Image Review
  • Snowkiting Key Takeaways
  • Summary
  • Wrap-up

Taught by

Curtis Jones

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