10 Excellent Photos That Show You How Negative Space Can be Used Effectively for a Great Composition

Negative space is the area that surrounds the main object in a photo, and can be utilized as a composition tool to convey sizes and shapes more effectively. It is a concept that has been used in art, design and architecture for a very long time, and is equally useful in photography. Using negative space can help you capture simple yet powerful images that stand out.

Negative space establishes and emphasizes the main subject (called the ‘positive space') of your image and draws the viewer's eyes to it, making it a more engaging composition. This post is a collection of photographs that use negative space to this effect. We hope that they inspire you to explore negative space as a composition tool and create some great photographs of your own.

If you'd like to get better at photographic composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, take a look at Kent DuFault's guide on advanced composition, but for now let's sit back and enjoy these photographs.

Photo by Helga Weber

Photo by Thomas Leth-Olsen

Photo by Alexander Mueller

Photo by Armando Maynez

Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Karen Borter

Photo by Matt McGee

Photo by Vinoth Chandar

Photo by Luis Alejandro Bernal Romero


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About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

  • Admin says:

    Very nice selection @ritesh

  • Jean says:

    Interesting. I especially like the one by Matt McGee. Its almost unreal to the point that it feels artificial. Negative space is something that I am obsessed with and always take great interest in. I believe that it can change the way we look at photographs. Thanks for listing these.


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