Negative Space

Let me start by saying I’m not a pro, nor do I know everything about negative space. However, it is something I find extremely interesting in photos!!

Negative space is the empty space around your subject. I like how the use of negative space draws the viewers eye to your subject. I’m often looking at my frame before I take the shot to make sure there are no distractions, an interesting composition, and possibly leading lines. I really like the simpleness of an image with negative space.

Something to keep in mind with negative space is to not place your subject in the dead center of your image.

I wish I had a lot more examples for you. It’s something I’m still learning to incorporate in my images and hope to have more examples as time goes on.


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  1. Woah, such great examples. I never realized until this post how much I use this technique. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your second shot is a perfect example of something I love to see, but would be unlikely to shoot – which means I should do it, right? I think if you follow the Rule of Thirds you’ll often end up with negative space without even thinking about it. Love your examples!
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  3. I haven’t thought about negative space since high school (a very long time ago). We were taught to use it in art class. It was especially helpful wgen sketching a face to look at the negative space, rather than the face. You always give me something to think about.
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  4. I’m a huge fan of negative space. I love your last shot…and if you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to tune into the Mortal Muses – we’re musing on negative space the next two weeks.
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  5. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
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  6. I love all of these! I especially love the second because of that cute little face peaking at us! hehehe. I am a bit over the top with negative space shots and I actually had to remind myself that I can’t always shoot like that in photo sessions but, it can be so striking!
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  7. I do love negative space. Mortal Muses is about negative space this week.
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  8. I love these photos! I am also a huge fan of negative space.

  9. I LOVE negative space. It can evoke emotions and say 100 things with no words. I’m a fan! great shots Courtney
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  10. I love negative space. Especially in the use of black and white portraits like you’ve done here. That couch photo is just beautiful! But, then again, so are the others. I think Kelly (right above me) said it best. They convey so much more emotion than a regular colored photo with a busy background.
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  11. Wanted to share the first part of my blog entry with you…

    http://kelly-justaclickaway.blogspot.com/2011/08/revelation.html

    I don’t know how to get a click through when I’m writing text yet..sorry….i’ll figure out!
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  12. Ok…Just got on your blog to read how to submit a photo to critique me…and I LOVE your new design! Really neat! It looks real “clean!”
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  13. Awesome examples of negative space – gorgeous edits as well!
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  14. I love negative space in photos ….. great shots!

  15. The new design is GORGEOUS! I love all the bright colors.
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  16. Great examples of negative space. I’m a BIG fan of negative space and love how it forces your eye right to the subject!
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  17. I’m such a fan of negative space that I have to FORCE myself to position clients dead center at times! LOL

    Ah, the sweet emotions of b&w!
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  18. I love all of these!!! I can’t wait to learn more about this and take shots like these!!!!!

  19. Super! ñ_ñ

  20. Look at your side one year and always inspired by the ideas.
    the negative spaces (dramatic light) photographing learned from you.
    I live in Hungary and teach at home moms take pictures.
    and The truth is that in Hungary, many photographers are not familiar with good lighting.
    The secret of lighting learned from Martin Szipál.
    sorry for bad my English.

    BR,
    Kornél

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