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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