Negative Space… what is it and why is it important?
This explanation is by Darren Rowse from Digital Photography School…
“Negative space is that space that is around the main subject in an image.
Often as photographers we spend a lot of time thinking about the subjects that we’re photographing – posing portrait subjects, positioning them in the shot, getting them exposed correctly etc. However the space around your main subject is just as important – in fact, it can make or break your image. Negative space can bring a sense of balance to your image, it can strengthen composition, it can help draw the eye to the subject and give it more power and it can add a lot of interest to your shot.”
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In trying to explain this further, I suggested that you think of doing a photo that might have text on top of the photo, as in a title or a verse and make that area of the photo very plain in an effort to draw attention to your subject matter. Let your subject breathe.
Lorraine sent me a couple images and I will post both of them.
The first one is captioned: “Going Up”
“When presented with our challenge for using negative space, one of the first things I thought of was this new building going up at the
construction site at I-30 and Horizon in Rockwall. I had several ideas in mind but kept coming back to this one. I decided to shoot it with the late evening sun cast upon it. I tried both the landscape and portrait orientation and ended up liking the landscape better as it allowed the crane and building to be larger so that the details are more visible. I watched the flag to see how it was behaving in the wind and timed my shot to catch it extended out.”
The second one is captioned: “Opera Star”
“I already had my shot of the crane for this challenge.
Later, while taking photos in Caddo Mills, happened to notice this black star on the side of the Caddo Mills Opera House. Negative space popped into my mind. (No jokes now please!)”
Thank you Lorraine for your submissions and I think you did a great job in showing us how negative space can be used in both landscape and portrait orientations!