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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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8. ADD TO YOUR IMAGE WITH NEGATIVE SPACE

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WE’RE USED TO thinking about the subjects in our photos: what they’re doing, and how and where they’re positioned. But all the space surrounding them is pretty important, too. All the “non-subject” area within the frame is referred to as “negative space.” For new and novice photographers, it’s often an afterthought (if it’s thought of at all). But it turns out that skillful use of negative space can have a profoundly positive effect on your compositions.

Far more than simply being “empty” space, negative space serves two very important functions: it both defines and draws attention to the positive space ...

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