If you find yourself looking over this writing, it is likely that you are looking for a few ideas for photo projects. Naturally, it would be good to pick a photography project that can help you grow your photography skills. Not surprisingly, there are lots of skills from which to select. One skill that will help you develop your photography talents, negative space, is introduced in this article.
Negative space is a compositional technique that can be utilized to create eye-catching images. So, let’s take a look at the technique?
How to Use Negative Space
At a fundamental level, any image can be broken down into three components
Frame: The frame is the border that surrounds the rest of the image.
Positive Space: The subject of the image.
Negative Space: The negative space is the rest of the image. It is located between the positive space and the frame.
Any photo is formed, in varying proportions, of the frame, positive space, and negative space. In order to produce impressive images, it is necessary to manage these components.
Not surprisingly, in the process of composing an image, a lot of photographers think mostly about how they will place the positive space in an image. Generally, the main interest of these photographers is how the main subject will be positioned. The negative space, that surrounds the positive space, gets little thought. If it gets any thought at all, it is more of an afterthought. This is not the most effective way to compose an image! When managed properly, the negative space can perform two important functions. Hence, the negative space can substantially enhance an image:
First: The negative space can aid in defining what the positive space is about. Basically, it helps to tell the story of the positive space.
Second: The negative space can make the positive space stand out.
The negative space can function to help define the positive space by furnishing detail about the positive space. For example, a close-up of a waterfall might display the beauty of the plummeting water, but it may not exhibit any suggestion of the setting in which the waterfall exists. Where is this subject located? Maybe, it is situated in a garden. On the other hand, maybe not. The positive space of the photo can only be better defined with additional details. Now, imagine that the photographer decided to zoom out. Then, some of the environment around the positive space could be seen (maybe, the adjoining environment was a breathtaking mountain region). This would certainly create a negative space that helps to define the positive space.
While using a negative space can definitely strengthen an image, there is one thing that ought to be avoided. The negative space should never be permitted to overwhelm the positive space as this would certainly serve to weaken the image. For instance, in this example, the negative space might be rendered slightly out of focus so that it won’t compete with the positive space.
The crucial point here is that the negative space has to support, not compete with, the positive space. Otherwise, the negative space is not going to strengthen the photo.
Making the positive space stick out is the other way that the negative space helps to enhance images. The negative space does this by helping to manage the attention of a person that is viewing an image. This is achieved because the negative space directs the interest toward the positive space. Of course, all unproductive detail must be eliminated from the negative space in order to make it effective at focusing the attention. Otherwise, the viewer’s attention will be on the distracting detail. In addition, the negative space oftentimes contrasts in tone or color with the positive space — thus, making it stick out.
Consequently, to produce powerful photos, photographers need to think about the negative space when composing photos. Essentially, both spaces are of similar importance and should be treated as such.
Remember, paying attention to the negative space helps create better photos.
How About a Photography Project
So, why don’t you establish a photography project around this idea. Producing a portfolio of photos that have well designed negative spaces is the objective of this project.
Hopefully, this short article served to get you going on a photography project. However, there is much more that can be learned.
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