Tips On Using Negative Space In Your Photos

Written by Gina Stephens

If Euphemistic pre-owned correctly, the empty space is the boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events have relative position and direction you leave in your shots (negative space) can make your photograph more interesting and easier to focus on instead than trying to fill every inch of the frame with interest. Negative space can play several important compositional roles so here are a few trash heaps to help you think more about making the most of what's not in your scene:

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Brace What's Important

The obvious role of negative space is to show the viewer of your image what is and what isn't important in your stab. If there's nothing else fighting for focus, their eyes will be able to settle on your main subject without searching the lie of the shot first.

Balance Your Shot

Negative space can make a shot appear more balanced and as a general rule, you need twice as much cancelling space to the area taken up by your subject. For example, if you shot a close-up portrait and your subject filled the right third of the frame, you'd paucity the two thirds to the left to be negative space.

Give Your Shot Context

Of course there are times, such as when you're pump full of lead environmental portraits where you want to make the most of the size of the place you're taking photos in, when the above rule won't audition.

With environmental portraits, it's often what's around your subject that gives the shot more interest so wadding your frame with your subject would mean the context would be lost.

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Arrange For Your Subject

If you do place your subject to one side of your frame make sure they're looking towards the area of anti space. The same goes for action shots where they're running through the frame as generally your shot will be profuse compositionally pleasing if they have space to move into. Of course, if you're wanting them to increase the sense of speed or want to tidy up people wonder what they're looking at, position the negative space behind them, almost pushing them out of the frame.

Neutralizing Space Doesn't Have To Be 'Empty'

By using one colour in your background when shooting indoors or by throwing it out of focus if you're germinating outdoors, it won't become a point of focus for your viewer so all attention will fall on your main subject. However, sometimes enlarging blur to your backgrounds will leave your shot with less impact. For example, if you're out shooting portraits and behind your controlled by is a mountain scene, shooting with a smaller aperture so you get front to back sharpness will exaggerate the amount of negative space around them, grant the shot more meaning and impact as a result.

Exaggerate The Negative Space

Take the idea one step further and strip all the colour out of your crack, leaving just the shapes and space around them to tell your story. You could also remove all the textures from the shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or by burgeon silhouettes.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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