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How to Shoot Minimalist Portrait Photography

Sometimes, all you want to do is go out and take striking photos of people. Some of us don’t want to worry about complicated plans, equipment, and locations.

Minimalist portrait photography is the key to this. Here’s how to shoot simple and powerful portraits.

What Is Minimalist Portrait Photography

Minimalist portrait photography is a sub-genre that’s often overlooked in portraiture. It aims to capture the beauty of simplicity. Without compromising the emotional quality of a portrait.

Minimalist portraits often have simple backgrounds with few props. This might seem boring. It’s actually an effective way to focus on emotions and expressions.

Without colorful distractions and a plethora of details, it’s easier to tell a touching story about your model (or even yourself).

Use a Large Aperture to Blur Out Details

Minimalist portraits are rarely detailed, so it’s important to use a large aperture.

A large aperture (or a small f-number) will blur out all the details you’re not focusing on. This will make it easier to make your subject stand out.

The smaller the f-number, the fewer details you’ll be able to capture. For example, a large aperture like f/1.2 can make it difficult to capture every detail on your subject’s face.

Something a little larger, like f/2.8, will let you photograph more details. And it’ll create a soft background at the same time.

Shoot From Different Angles to Avoid Taking Boring Photo

There’s a fine line between simple and dull portraits. If you take photos from the same angle, your results will end up on the wrong side of the scale.

Experiment with different angles to take unusual minimalist portraits. You can even try out unusual rotations to give your photographs a surreal or cinematic feel.

Don’t be afraid of unconventional angles. Finding what works for you is the best way to discover your unique minimalist style. You can shoot from very low to very high angles and play around with everything in-between.

Don’t Focus on the Face Only

A common misconception in portrait photography is that a model’s face must be visible. Faces and expressions are an important part of the genre. But you don’t always have to include them in your images.

You can focus on your model’s outfit, hand, shoulders, etc., in simple settings. This will further improve your knowledge of minimalism and make for unusual portraits.

You can also use faceless photos can also in diptychs and other kinds of collages. These can tell intriguing stories.

Shoot Through Colourful Objects

An easy way to turn a dull portrait into an eye-catching one is to shoot through objects. Make sure you’re using a large aperture when you do this. The larger it is, the blurrier the object will look.

Hold an object in front of your lens, making sure not to cover the entire thing. You can use flowers, leaves, hands, hair, or anything else that complement your model’s face. Don’t hold it too close to the lens or else it will darken your photo.

If you want to be even more creative, use a reflective surface, such as a CD, a mirror, or a piece of glass.