As we explore just some of the many photography composition methods, I would talk about negative space. I love it & use it often.
Negative space basically means the space surrounding your main subject. Using negative space is a way to bring out & add emphasis to your main subject even though it might the smallest thing in the image.
I find pictures using negative space to be more simple, clean & easier on the eyes. I think it offers the eye a pleasing way to scan across the frame, organize information & identify the most important part without being over stimulated with other “stuff.”
There really is is so much you can do with negative space to transform everyday images & make them more powerful. You can be dramatic or subtle with your use of negative space images to produce so many different results.
This is also a skill you can teach your children! Read more: Photography for Kids
The key is finding a good balance between the bodies of space, to find a pleasing composition & to know when to use it or when not to use it. As you get familiar with it, you can create negative space with creative cropping but after you study it & get to know this method more you will begin to see it as you go in camera.
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