Week 13: Tips for "Negative Space"

Here's your weekly challenge tips for the compositional challenge of "Negative Space"

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Week 13's challenge explores the composition of "Negative Space" which refers to the area surrounding the subject that's left unoccupied. In this post, we'll discuss three tips to shoot photographs to capture the negative space composition theme effectively.

  1. Keep it simple — Negative space is all about minimalism. You want the subject to stand out in the image, so it's essential to keep the surroundings simple. Avoid cluttered backgrounds and other distractions that can take away from the subject's impact. You can use a single color or texture to create a sense of continuity and coherence in the image.
  2. Use the rule of thirds — The rule of thirds is a fundamental principle of composition that divides the image into thirds vertically and horizontally. The subject is usually placed along one of these lines, with the negative space occupying the rest of the frame. This creates a sense of balance and harmony in the image, making it more visually appealing.
  3. Experiment with different angles and perspectives — Negative space doesn't always have to be black or white. You can experiment with different angles and perspectives to create a more dynamic composition. Try shooting from low angles or from above to create interesting shapes and lines in the negative space. You can also play around with the depth of field to blur the background, making the subject stand out even more.

Negative space is a powerful compositional tool that can help you create striking images. By keeping it simple, using the rule of thirds, and experimenting with different angles and perspectives, you can capture this theme effectively in your photographs. Remember, the key is to let the subject breathe and let the negative space do the talking.

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Nick Shaw

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