Last week we explored a composition concept and we are continuing to train our creative eye this week with another composition exercise. This week we are playing with negative space. Negative space plays nicely with the rule of thirds. As you can see from the surfer girl below, she’s on the third, the horizon is on the upper third and the rest of the image is … well… negative space. That’s the cool thing about negative space, it is not distracting. It allows the subject, in this case the surfer girl, to draw our attention first then to the waves and sea bird.
You can use negative space to help your viewer hone in on your main subject.
How to create negative space you’re wondering? Shoot up using the sky as your blank canvas to eliminate distracting background items or shoot down, using a table surface or ground to help minimize the clutter. Further, you can change your angle of view. Stand on a chair or get down on your knees or lay down to see if you can create more negative space. Don’t forget you can move your feet. Sometime just backing up a few feet can allow you to create a more powerful composition.
A current trend
If you’ve noticed any food magazines or food ads you’ll notice that the trend is to shoot from above showing a tablescape rather than the side view. The table surface is a blank canvas so that we’re draw into the food.
How to Play Along
I’m looking forward to seeing your negative space images on Instagram. Snap and share it with hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.
I’m looking forward to seeing how you incorporate the rule of thirds into this week’s composition challenge. Again just like last week, if you are photographing on your phone or a point and shoot, turn on the grid feature. It should be one of your menu features.
Still don’t get what I’m talking about or need more help this week? Let me know in the comments below.
Now go ‘
shoot‘ photograph something!