UNDERSTANDING AND USING "NEGATIVE SPACE" IN PHOTOGRAPHY

UNDERSTANDING AND USING "NEGATIVE SPACE" IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Negative space is the area between and around objects in a photo. Use it to see shapes and sizes more effectively, and produce better composed images.

Negative space, sometimes referred to as white space, is a concept that’s been used in art, design, architecture, and sculpture for hundreds of years. It’s equally useful in photography, and can be used to turn an average photo into an outstanding one.

Unfortunately it’s something that’s understood by relatively few people, but with a little bit of practice it can help you look at your photos in a new way, transforming your compositions and producing truly breathtaking results.

WHAT IS NEGATIVE SPACE?

Put simply, negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your photo (the main subject is known as the “positive space”). This definition is rather abstract, so take the following example; the power lines in this image form the positive space while the sky is the negative space.
The sky in this photo forms the negative space around the main subject. Image by Lee.
Negative space defines and emphasises the main subject of a photo, drawing your eye to it. It provides “breathing room”, giving your eyes somewhere to rest and preventing your image from appearing too cluttered with “stuff”. All of this adds up to a more engaging composition.
Negative space provides breathing room and draws your eye to the main subject.

When used properly, negative space provides a natural balance against the positive space in a scene. Getting this balance right is tricky and rather subjective, but it’s something you’ll get better at with time and practice.

WHAT IS NEGATIVE SPACE?

Put simply, negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your photo (the main subject is known as the “positive space”). This definition is rather abstract, so take the following example; the power lines in this image form the positive space while the sky is the negative space.
The sky in this photo forms the negative space around the main subject. Image by Lee.
Negative space defines and emphasises the main subject of a photo, drawing your eye to it. It provides “breathing room”, giving your eyes somewhere to rest and preventing your image from appearing too cluttered with “stuff”. All of this adds up to a more engaging composition.
Negative space provides breathing room and draws your eye to the main subject.

When used properly, negative space provides a natural balance against the positive space in a scene. Getting this balance right is tricky and rather subjective, but it’s something you’ll get better at with time and practice.

Photography is an ART… You have to practice when you have time. Not only google.. youtube teach you photography.