Negative space, or the area of a photo which is not the subject, is something to consider when you are composing a photo. A trip to the zoo is a great place to try out some different options. The flamingos are a favorite of mine, for their pink color and curvaceous necks. Add their long legs and black bills and they become the fashion plates of the animal kingdom, if you ask me.
Usually, flamingos can be found standing in a large group around a water source. Sometimes, I prefer to use most of the flock as a subject and include very little negative space.
When determining how to compose a shot of the zebra, I chose a similar composition.
You don’t want to always rely on post processing for composing your shots but there are times when it can make an impact.
By being aware of the negative space in your photos, you can avoid having things “growing or sticking out of” your subjects heads and cutting off limbs, feet or hands in the edges.
There is no right or wrong way of utilizing the positive and negative space. This is where you get to be creative!
There are times when the negative space can become the positive space and vice versa; as in Edgar Rubin’s optical illusion painting of the vase and the two faces.
This week, I will be staring at the vase and then the faces, no, wait the faces and then the vase …