Use Negative Space In Your Everyday Photography

Negative Space In Your Everyday Photography

It’s easy to fill the frame with lots of details. Your photography changes when you begin to include less in the frame.

Negative space, also called white space, provides a sense of calm to a frame. It isolates the subject, giving your subject center stage in the frame.

What are some go-to techniques for photographing white space?

Find Or Create A Blank Area

White walls, cutting boards, pieces of card stock, the sky, or the floor can all provide a background for your subject. The texture and color of your background can help add interest to your photos

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Move Your Focus Point to the Side

Shift your camera’s focus point to a point on the side of your subject to get the sharpest focus. You can also press the shutter halfway and recompose or try back button focus.

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Change Your Aperture

Create blank space by blurring the background if you can’t find an area without visual clutter. Use your camera’s widest aperture (smallest f/number), get close to your subject, and leave space behind your subject to hide the contents in your camera’s background blur.

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Once you’ve created that beautiful negative space you have a lovely space to add text. If you leave it blank and tuck it into a scrapbook with other photos, you’ll notice it becomes a calm space for your eye to rest.

See even more examples of negative space.

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Katrina Kennedy is the founder of  CaptureYour365, a community for inspiration, ideas, and classes for your everyday photography.  Her upcoming class Your Life Captured Through The Lens will help move you off auto mode so you can take creative control of your camera. 

August 16, 2013
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