Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The positive aspects of negative space
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In photography, white space (also known as negative space or open space) can be used to create a balanced and harmonious image. It's defined as "the space between elements in a composition." This can be an easy concept to visualize: Defocus your eyes to see the space surrounding the subject in your composition. White space is the space that doesn't compete with the subject for your attention.
There's a certain dreaminess that can be achieved through composition in photography. It exists only as a place within the frame. And if you're like me, negative space gives you room to breathe and to think. It comes as no surprise then that I'm drawn to white space when I look through my camera lens. It's true—negative space can have a positive effect! As a photographer, creating open space helps me contain the chaos of the outside world. As a viewer, experiencing open space in photography draws me into the scene and keeps my attention there.
What's in your photo is almost as important as what's not in your photo. Open space anchors your subject; it creates more dynamic lines, which draws the eye directly to your point of focus. The absence of content doesn't mean the absence of interest.
Balance: We all seek it in our daily lives, as well as in our photography. But what does it mean? That answer is probably as individual as we all are. Maintaining balance is essential. So, how can looking at the world through our viewfinder teach us more about light and life and how to balance it all into a beautiful photographic package?
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