Home Photography Ideas: Take Minimalist Photos in Your Kitchen
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To shoot in a minimalist way, we first need to learn what it means to be minimalist. Minimalism is defined as “a movement in sculpture and painting, which appeared in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple and massive forms”.
Although we do not sculpt or paint anything, we can extrapolate the conceptual values of this movement and apply them to our photography. For this shoot, we must respect the rule of “less is more”, that is to say to leave the frame all that is not essential.
We have the option of either removing it physically, or repositioning ourselves to frame anything that distracts. Some photographers assume that minimalism should be shot in black and white, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether in color or monochrome, any photo with minimal distraction from these simple shapes counts as a minimalist image.
In this project, we’re going to look at a few easy ways to explore minimalism with things you already have access to. We’re experimenting with an egg, a glass, and a few place settings, but any basic item will do – your kitchen is a gold mine of subjects.
Our camera settings will also help create the minimalist style, as we will be using a large aperture to produce 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 whatever color you prefer) on your shooting surface and place another sheet behind it to serve as a backdrop; our shallow depth of field should make the join transparent. Compose the frame so that nothing else is visible.
02 Raid in the kitchen
Open kitchen drawers and use utensils, food, or even foil. The trick is to use one or two things at a time; do not try to put everything in the shot at the same time. Look for objects that blend well – for example, the curve of the egg almost matches the shape of the glass almost perfectly.
03 Set your mode
We can work in manual mode for this shoot without any problem. However, aperture priority allows you to focus on your subject and not worry about getting fine adjustments. 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 mid to telephoto focal length. Here we are using a 50mm f / 1.4 and shooting with the aperture wide open, to capture a shallow depth of field. With a little selective focus, even the edge of an egg placed in a glass forms graceful lines and graduated shadows.
05 Change your angles
Don’t just get it done the first time; take the time to explore each avenue before moving on. Here we have pulled the glass from the top, before placing the egg on it.
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