The Craft 9

Master Your Craft: Shooting minimal photos on a white background

Dairy Milk on White

Dairy Milk on White by Azlil Adzif (allele93)

Twenty20 artists will sometimes share their photography tips so that you can master your craft and create amazing photography. Today’s photographer, Azlil Adzif (@allele93), loves minimal photography and would like to share how he takes his photos on a white background (or any colored background). All you need is a couple white pieces of paper and some objects for your photography!

How Azlil discovered this technique:

When I started to grow my interest towards mobile photography, I always scroll through my IG feeds and I found this one guy with amazing skill in minimal photography, his IG username is @whothe_f.. However, now he started to find other direction in his photography style and rarely do this kind of photography anymore.. But back then, he was the one who has initiated my interest in minimal photography and he gave some tips how to create such photos, and I apply his tips with some modifications..

For your information, this post is mainly for those people who do not own any white table or any white surfaces at home.. In this case, I will always use a white A4 paper as the white surface.. So, if you are interested in learning how to edit such photos, here are the tips how to do that step by step.

How to do it yourself:

1) Arrange all your stuff that you want to include on a white A4 paper (or maybe more depending on how much stuff you have). Try to get proper natural sunlight rather than light from white lamp and try to minimize the shadow.

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Step 1: Arrange all objects on a white (or any other color) paper.

2) Then you need the app  Snapseed. There is a tool named Selective Adjustment. Use this tool as much as you want on the white part, and increase the brightness preferably to +100.

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Step 2: Use Selective Adjust on Snapseed App to increase brightness of the white background

3) Once you are satisfied with the outcome, you can crop the photo in Snapseed leaving only the white area of the photo. Save this photo to your camera roll.

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Step 3: Crop photo on Snapseed to just the area with the White Background

4) Use the app Squaready and choose white background, then import the edited photo from previous step. You can position the photo wherever you want and save this version of the photo.

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Step 4: Open Squareready app, select the White Background, then import the edited photo from your Camera Roll

5) The final touch! Use VSCOcam and pick any preset that you like. My all time favourite presets in VSCOcam for foodporn are S2 and N1. In this instance, I used N1 +12 and made these adjustments –
Saturation +1
Highlight +3
Sharpen +3

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Final step: Choose your favorite Presets on VSCO Cam or use the ones mentioned above!

There you go! This is a very simple touch you could make to your photo, just by using A4 papers. This method you can actually apply if you want to use a white wall as your background as well. Have fun editing your photos!


Go ahead and try it out and enter the “White Background” Challenge now! And don’t forget to follow Azlil @allele93!



If you have any photography tips you’d like to share with the Twenty20 Community, please email me at and we’ll get you on our blog!

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  • Willemien Kamps

    Great tutorial, snapaeed is my favourite

  • Alli

    nice job Azlil Adzif! snapseed and VSCOcam are two of my favorite editing apps!

    – Alli/ @adoubleleye

  • Nik Mock

    I’ve always wondered how they did that. Great Tip, I’ve got weekend homework :)

  • 2dayspic

    Can’t wait to try this!! Pinned to

    Thanks for the info Twenty20 and @allele93!

  • Marcelle Johannes

    Awesome ! Thanks for sharing

  • Cristian Leiva

    Awesome tutorial Azlil Adzif! Already a fan of Snapseed but Definitely need to start messing with VSCOcam. Thank you so much!

  • Michael Mode Brilliance

    Yes. Finally a community that teaches as well as it does uplifts and features. Thanks James and Azlil.

  • Khushnaz

    Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial, always helpful to know how beautiful pics were created :-)

  • mustloveclutter

    Great tutorial.