Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Photography Rule: Simplicity (Keep It Simple)

I don't really believe in photography rules. Rules in photography are meant to ensure consistently good results, but rarely allow for great results. Rules are meant to be broken.

There is one rule, however, that is not talked about or used nearly enough, and that is the rule of simplicity. Keep it simple. This is one rule that is worth its weight in gold.

The rule of simplicity is, well, simple: refine your composition until you've reached the minimum that you can include to convey your point. Or, put even more simply, less is more.

Photography is a form of nonverbal communication. Often, people try to say too much and use too little punctuation in their images. A run-on sentence is not clear. A paragraph with multiple ideas is not clear. Most photographs are not clear because they are not kept simple.

The best way to simplify an image is to extract. Remove everything that is unnecessary from the composition. Get in closer. Get rid of distractions. Make the point of the photograph obvious.

Whatever it is that your image is about, make sure that the viewer can quickly figure it out. People won't spend but a second or two looking at your photograph. If it's confusing or not immediately clear, the viewer will move on to the next image.

Below are some examples of the rule of simplicity.
Curves - Tehachapi, California
Three Green Leaves - Tehachapi, California
Light From Above - Rosamond, California
Cluster of Roses - Tehachapi, California
Abandoned Bathroom - Rosamond, California
Rusted Bolt - Loraine, California
On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California
One Yellow Board - Lancaster, California
Motorcycle Engine - Tehachapi, California
Forgotten Doll - Mojave, California
Surfers - Avila Beach, California
Flower Star - Stallion Springs, California
Pathway To The Soul - Tehachapi, California
Blue Square - Mojave, California
Old Chimney - Loraine, California
Sailboat Race - Oxnard, California
1955 Chevy Pickup - Stallion Springs, California
Farm Sprinkler - Stallion Springs, California

1 comment:

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