Less Is More! Keep It Simple!

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael 1 Comment

How do you classify a good image?

Is it the more you cram into the frame the better the image?


Is it the less there is in the frame and more simple it is, the better it will look?

Well, as with most topics around photography there is no right or wrong and is purely judged by personal preferences.

The “RULES” in photography are there not to follow step for step; its more of a guideline to lead us in the right direction and break them!

But that is a discussion for a different day.

What I will be discussing in this blog is something straight forward and this is to think before you shoot.

Before taking the image, look at the scene and think to yourself what it is you want your viewer to look at?

Lets start with a busy scene I captured on our recent Big Cats and Tuskers Safari;

Tell me, did your eyes focus on one animal or did they just keep jumping around the frame looking at all the different animals?

Next question is, was it my intention to show the variety and density of game in the Masai Mara?

If my answer is yes, then I nailed the brief to show YOU, my audience how busy and well populated this area is, and it is ridiculously populated with many different animal species. No doubt about that!

If my answer was no, I wanted to show the view the elephant, zebra or topi in the plains, I FAILED!

If this is what I wanted to achieve all I had to do was simplify it by isolating one of the individuals. In doing this you will ensure that your viewers eyes do not jump around and therefore only focus on the elephant, zebra or topi.



It all comes down to what you want to show your audience and sometimes keeping it simple is a much better option.


Because most often, less is more! If you add too much to the frame it can start to lose that impact you wish to create.

So try to keep it simple and make it powerful!

Remember if you want isolate one animal, your goal is to include only the information that’s required in order to show the message that you want to convey.


Until next time.

Happy snapping!




About the Author

Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account


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