with Courtney Slazinik
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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  • August 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

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

  • August 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    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!

  • August 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    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.

  • August 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    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.

  • August 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • August 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    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!

  • August 23, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    I do love negative space. Mortal Muses is about negative space this week.

  • August 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    I love these photos! I am also a huge fan of negative space.

  • August 23, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    I LOVE negative space. It can evoke emotions and say 100 things with no words. I’m a fan! great shots Courtney

  • August 24, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    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.

  • August 24, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    Wanted to share the first part of my blog entry with you…


    I don’t know how to get a click through when I’m writing text yet..sorry….i’ll figure out!

  • August 24, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    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!”

  • August 24, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Awesome examples of negative space – gorgeous edits as well!

  • Diane
    August 24, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    I love negative space in photos ….. great shots!

  • August 24, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    The new design is GORGEOUS! I love all the bright colors.

  • August 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Great examples of negative space. I’m a BIG fan of negative space and love how it forces your eye right to the subject!

  • August 25, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    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!

  • Laranda
    January 9, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I love all of these!!! I can’t wait to learn more about this and take shots like these!!!!!

  • Roberto
    March 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Super! ñ_ñ

  • July 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    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.


  • Sanjay Shah
    September 17, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!…………….. examples of negative-space are toooo good.

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