I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned about photography in the past few months is that sometimes less is more. Sometimes the best photos are the simplest and the most minimal. Take a look at Tamira’s photography and you’ll see what I mean. It’s simple and clean and it’s breathtaking. This isn’t to say that busy photos never look good; I just find that it’s much harder to compose them in an appealing manor. In my mind it’s like a band – there are all these instruments going and if they’re not all perfectly in synch (no, not Nsync thank god) it erodes into noise. So my suggestion is to consider taking a step back, pairing things down and giving everything space to breathe. I’ll try to show you what I mean.
While there’s nothing technically wrong with this photo, I don’t find it to be particularly pleasing to look at. Between the cramped products and the pouch underneath, there’s a lot for the eye to take in. Too much information can be overwhelming and actually detract from the overall appearance.
While this might not be the most exciting example of photography, hopefully it demonstrates a point. The amount of space between the products and the simple background give your eye a chance to breathe. Additionally, there’s quite a large chunk of space left untouched. Having areas that your eye can go to rest makes you appreciate the areas of focus even more.
Of course all of this is a matter of personal preference, but I think that generally blogs that are known for their beautiful photography (gh0stparties, icovetthee, lipstickwithsomesunshine, for example) use white space very well. It can be tempting to overload your picture, but sometimes having the confidence to do less is for the best.