Maybe it's just me, but my Instagram feed has been full of beautiful photos that all favor minimalism. From obscure angles of nature to delicately organized desk spaces, minimalism is everywhere you look. I've learned the art of taking the (near) perfect Instagram picture just by observing my favorite brands and people (a degree in electronic media doesn't hurt either), take a look at some of them.
What makes each photo unique is the attention to the frame, layout of the subjects, color palette and the directional vectors. I love pictures like this because they make everyday life so much more beautiful. Here are some of my tips to help make your Instagram pictures into minimalist masterpieces.
bird's eye view
Take your pictures to the next level, literally. Stand up and hover over the subject(s) of your photograph to get that bird's eye view of your subject(s). This is the easiest way to achieve a clean look rather than taking a photo dead on. Just remember to clear off any other detritus that could end up in the picture, in this example that would be a napkin or a bookmark.
The real life setting of Chateau Ste. Michelle, where I took this photograph, has a lot to gaze upon. You can make any busy setting seem minimalist by focusing on a single directional vector. See how your eye travels along the hedge and walkway straight to the building? By framing the picture this way, your eye only focuses on the subject, making it seem more simple than it actually is.
Gestalt is a term that I learned in my Image Communication class that identifies the theory that we complete shapes or forms in our heads due to our self-organizing tendencies. This means your eyes can see half or part of a shape and fill in the rest psychologically. Gestalt works wonderfully in photography because you can cut off any object in a frame to make it more visually interesting.
You should never post an Instagram picture without a filter, unless you're going for the whole #nofilter thing. "Colder" filters that give a picture a muted blueish tint are what you're looking for because they give a photo an even cleaner look. Play around with Afterlight and VSCOcam filters that lower the saturation of pictures that already have warm colors like red. Find filters that turn up the saturation of colors like blue and green or just play it safe by defaulting to the T1 filter on VSCOcam.
With these tips, you'll be well on your way to creating some beautiful minimalist photos for your Instagram. Make sure to give me a follow and I'll follow you back to like what you've created!