Watch Video: Home Photography Ideas – Take Minimal Photos in the Kitchen
To shoot in a minimalist way, we must first learn what it means to be minimalist. Minimalism is defined as “a movement in sculpture and painting, born in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple and massive forms”.
Although we are not sculpting or painting anything, we can extrapolate the conceptual values of this movement and apply them to our photography. For this shoot, we have to respect the rule of “less is more”, which means taking out of the frame everything that is not essential.
We have the ability to physically remove it or reposition ourselves to frame whatever distracts us. Some photographers assume that minimalism should be photographed in black and white, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether color or monochromatic, any photo with minimal distractions of these simple shapes counts as a minimalist image.
In this project, we’ll look at some easy ways to explore minimalism with elements you already have access to. We’re experimenting with an egg, glass and cutlery, but any basic items will do – your kitchen is a goldmine of topics.
Our camera settings will also help create the minimalist look, as we’ll be using a large aperture to produce a shallow depth of field and provide a blurry look. Let’s see how to do it…
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A simple recipe for minimalist success
01 Build your scene
Remove any clutter from your shooting area. Place a sheet of gray cardboard (or color of your choice) on your shooting surface and place another sheet behind it to act as a backdrop; our shallow depth of field should make the join seamless. Compose the frame so that nothing else is visible.
02 Raid the Kitchen
Open the kitchen drawers and use utensils, food or even aluminum foil. The trick is to use one or two things at a time; don’t try to cram everything into the plan at once. Look for objects that go well together – for example, the curve of the egg matches the shape of the glass almost perfectly.
03 Set your fashion
We can work in manual mode for this shoot without any problem. However, aperture priority allows you to focus on your subject without worrying about getting the perfect settings. This is useful when shooting with changing light levels, especially when working in natural light.
04 Wide open
For this project, it is best to use a lens with a medium to telephoto focal length. Here we’re using a 50mm f/1.4 and shooting with the aperture wide open, to capture a shallow depth of field. With a small selective focus, even the edge of an egg placed in a glass forms graceful lines and gradient shadows.
05 Change your angles
Don’t settle for a finished hit on your first attempt; take the time to explore all avenues before moving on. Here we have turned the glass from the top, before placing the egg on it.
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