C A N D Y M I N I M A L H O W - T O G U I D E

#candyminimal is a movement in mobile photography known as candy-colored minimalism, started by Matt Crump. To date, Instagrammers have tagged over 25K photos with #candyminimal. Want to create your own? This guide is for you.

S T E P 1 : T H E C A P T U R E

Find a subject in front of a uniform background and frame it with the final crop in mind. A wall or clear sky is a good canvas since smooth and even backgrounds are easier to color-correct than cluttered ones. Minimal compositions have a singular focus with as few elements as possible, so carefully consider your position and your subject's best, most interesting (and cleanest) angle.

S T E P 2 : T H E C R O P

The crop is a crucial component in any photograph. I usually give my subjects plenty of negative space, giving them a dramatic, larger-than-life feel. You can play with the crop in Instagram, but I prefer Diptic for iOS, as it provides better control for precision cropping. Diptic also lets you adjust the hue, brightness, contrast, and saturation of your photos, unlocking a trove of color. In the #candyminimal world, these four adjustments (especially hue) are a photographer's best friend.

S T E P 3 : T H E F I L T E R

This is the best part! Your filters will give you that sweet, surreal coloration you're craving. Lots of photo apps have filters, but I prefer PicTapGo and VSCOcam. PicTapGo lets you layer filters on top of each other, which is helpful when you're trying to create your own unique style. Experiment with different filter combinations to discover your favorite ones. On the next page, I'll reveal the apps I use the most when creating #candyminimal photos.

Now you're ready to post! And don't forget to use the hashtag #candyminimal whenever you post so the world can see your candy-coated creations. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I'll help you out!

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