Tips On Using Negative Space In Your Photos
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How To Use Negative Space In Your Photos - Sometimes it's what you leave out of your images that makes them great as we explain in this article.
Reinforce What's ImportantThe obvious role of negative space is to show the viewer of your image what is and what isn't important in your shot. If there's nothing else fighting for focus, their eyes will be able to settle on your main subject without searching the rest of the shot first.
Negative space can make a shot appear more balanced and as a general rule, you need twice as much negative space to the area taken up by your subject. For example, if you shot a close up portrait and your subject filled the right third of the frame, you'd want the two thirds to the left to be negative space.
Balance Your Shot
Give Your Shot ContextOf course there are times, such as when you're shooting environmental portraits where you want to make the most of the size of the place you're taking photos in, when the above rule won't apply.
With environmental portraits it's often what's around your subject that gives the shot more interest so filling your frame with your subject would mean the context would be lost.