Composition that is not there!
The space that surrounds the subject and fills the gaps between important objects in your picture can be described as negative space. In some ways it defines the objects you see. In another way it is not really there. Instead the background is what you see.
The concept of negative space is important. The shape of your subject is created, at least in part, by the space around it. The space helps to define its character too. How much space surrounds your subject, and the type of space, all pass messages to the viewer about your shot.
Negative Space in Photography
Negative space is a strong artistic element yet it is not always obvious how to use it in your photography. Seeing negative space, and using it, takes a little practice and some ideas on how to place the elements in the shot. In the video Mike Brown shows us, despite the annoying balloon, how to use negative space and how to place your subject. He shows us how to use the balloon too – eventually.
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Photokonnexion Photographic Glossary – Definitions and articles.
Definition: Negative space (composition)
Definition: Positive space (composition)
A quick look at negative space
Minimalism – a lesson in reduction
Resources on Minimalism
Easy introduction to ‘visual elements’ in photographs (including negative space)
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