Keep it simple. A theme you have heard from me many, many times. Simple, like this picture, of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, that uses “negative space”:

“Negative space” does not necessarily mean there’s nothing in the picture. It means there is “no further information” in most of the picture.

Nor does “simple” mean there is nothing:

Simplicity simply means that everything that is in your photo is there because you want it to be there; because it helps tell the photo’s story. If it doesn’t, it should not be in the picture.

It’s as simple as that.


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