Negative Space

This is a discussion on Negative Space within the Composition forums, part of the Photography Tips category; Negative space is the parts of an image that isn't the main subject or focal point(s). If you hold your hand up with fingers spread ...


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    Negative space is the parts of an image that isn't the main subject or focal point(s). If you hold your hand up with fingers spread the negative space is in between your fingers. In the 3D world we live in we perceive that as empty; nothing is there. But in a 2D image those spaces become shapes that can help or hinder the composition. Most folks have to initially train themselves to see negative space. Negative space assignments are common in both Photography 101 and Drawing 101 classes. Below is a link to a google search for negative space for lots of examples and articles. Look for the negative space. It requires concentration at first, but with practice it becomes more intuitive. You will probably see immediate improvements in your composition.


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    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.

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    I agree, it's a pity if it's seized upon just to criticize an image or seen as an error in composition. It can be used to good effect, like intervals of silence in music. If it's done well, it works.
    Last edited by tilia; 07-28-2014 at 09:44 AM.

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    It's pretty much like the old adage 'less is more'.
    sometimes pictures are too busy - and negative space focuses attention.
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