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5 easy composition rules to improve your photography: #4 embrace negative space

the use of negative space is a simple tool to highlight the simplicity or beauty of an object in a photo

Negative space, sometimes referred to as white space, is a concept that’s been used in art, design, architecture, and sculpture for hundreds of years.

what is negative space?

Put simply, negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your photo (the main subject is known as the “positive space”)

By allowing plenty of negative space (areas of your photo with nothing in it) you emphasize the main subject of the photo and automatically draw your viewers eyes to it.  By providing this “breathing room” and giving your eyes somewhere to rest, you prevent your image from appearing too cluttered with “stuff”.  When used properly, negative space provides a natural balance against the positive space in a scene and adds up to a more engaging composition.

When used properly, negative space provides a natural balance against the positive space in a scene and adds up to a more engaging composition.

but this is the opposite of fill your frame!

It sure is!!  To determine if negative space will work for your image, adjust your composition until the positive and negative spaces in the shot feel well balanced against one another. Be generous with the amount of empty space you leave, and don’t feel you have to cram something interesting into every square centimetre of the frame.

Now, not every image is meant to work with the compositional techniques of filling your frame or embracing negative space.  And don’t be fooled into thinking that your negative space has to be white – just try to balance a simple and uncluttered negative space with your positive.

here I’ve used a black negative space to emphasize the pale pinks and greens of the buds

a simple image with negative space surrounding the subject
image by Magdalena Roeseler

notice here how your eyes are drawn to the man’s face and how the negative and positive space are nicely balanced?
image by Jason

Looking for the other installments in this series? You’ll find #1 the rule of thirds here and #2 framing here. Post #3 fill the frame can be found here.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

What do you think of negative space? Do you use it often? Share some examples in the comments if you like.

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a few things you might not know about me

I'm not one to share a lot of myself online, but inspired by a photographer I admire, I've let my guard down to share a few things you might not know about me.

i’ve never been one to share too much of myself online

No duck-face selfies.  No excessive photos of what I had for lunch.  And no moaning about how so-and-so is pissing me off and I wish they would just stop.

Those types of shares don’t interest me.  They’re too shallow and don’t show me.  The real me.  The one who is shit-scared of frogs, won’t tolerate energy-vampires in her life and believes in ghosts.

So instead, inspired by a photographer I really admire, I’m sharing bits of me that matter.

a glimpse into what makes my life tick

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self every day?
My morning yoga session helps me to start my day in a positive way.  And if the day has been particularly taxing, and I’m having trouble turning my brain off, a guided meditation to fall asleep to sets me up for a good nights rest.

What’s your favourite beauty secret?
Charcoal soap, water and my home-blended-essential-oil Dew Drops moisturiser. Plus a good nights sleep and plenty of water throughout the day.

What’s your favourite outfit?
I’m a jeans girl, through-and-through. Paired with my Birkenstock Gizehs and my current favourite zombie t-shirt in summer; or hiking boots with wool socks, a men’s woollen jumper and a beanie for winter.  Comfort is key, and not giving a shit if you don’t like my t-shirt comes a close second.

What’s your favourite quick-prep dinner?
Cinnamon-roasted vegetables with couscous and grilled halloumi. Yum!

What routine is important to you?
Routines have been a part of my life since the kids were little. It was the only way to get through a day unscathed when they were growing through their terrible twos, truly terrible threes and fucking awful fours.  And it’s a habit that’s stuck.  Helps me to get shit done.

What’s in your purse?
Money, cards and my Husband’s business card. The one time I really needed his mobile phone number (in the ambulance on the way to have the Little Man’s broken arm surgically reducted) I drew a blank.  Not cool.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Books. I read. A lot.

How do you balance all of your work responsibilities along with your home life?
I’m lucky that all of my family knows how to pull their weight around the house. If there’s something pressing I need to get done, they give me space and time to do it.
The most important practice for balancing work and home that I’ve found has honestly been switching off devices (for all of us) and dancing around the kitchen singing at the top of our lungs or hanging on the couch dissing a movie. As long as we’re all together, then the world is in balance.

What’s your favourite place to be on a Saturday night?
On the couch with my Little Man, watching whatever chick flick is on the television. We love those couple of hours together.  And he’ll be pissed at me that I’ve told the world he enjoys chick flicks….

What’s the best thing you’ve learned from your children?
To appreciate modern music. Music is such a big part of our every day, and while I’ve introduced the kids to everything from Nina Simone and Billy Holiday, to Cold Chisel and ’80’s music, Mozart and movie soundtracks, it’s their turn now.  And I’m having fun with it.

If I could change one thing it would be….
Religious intolerance.  We don’t need to think alike to love alike.

In the comments, I’d love it if…

You answered one of the above questions about yourself!  Let me get to know you xo

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.37

count your blessings, not your wealth

We all worry about how much money we have in the bank.

But do you ever stop and think about all of the wonderful people in your life?

And do you let them know?

Because at the end of your days, you won’t be remembered by your bank balance, but your heart balance.

make it count

photo credit: Sharon Drummond via photopin cc

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#twpp: ‘composition – balance’

The Weekend Photo Project: balance

I’m not quite sure that this photo fits  The Weekend Photo Project’s prompt of ‘balance’, but it’s what caught my eye and made me think of balance, so here it is.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend, wherever you may be in the world.

T xo

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – balance’

weekend photography project prompt - balance

experiment and learn how to provide a pleasing balance

Sounds like it could be a life lesson instead of a photography one…

Balance in photography has quite a bit to do with a concept called ‘visual weight’ – the ability of a region or art element within a composition to draw attention to itself. Visual weight is often created through the use of contrast and/or through the use of color.

There are a lot of factors to take in to consideration when it comes to ‘balance’ in a photo.  It also another one of those aspects of photography that I believe, as you practice your craft more, defines itself and becomes an instinctive part of making a photograph.

That said, I’ve found a bunch of articles if you want to read up on it further:

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s photos for this week.  And please leave your thoughts on ‘balance’ in the comments below.

Here’s where you can share your #twpp photos – 

Facebook:  Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags).  You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog:  Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world.  Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr:  Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project.

Pinterest:  If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos.  Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them.  I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on.  If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram.  You’ll find me here on Instagram.  Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption.  Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog.  And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos.  Visit other peoples photos.  Like them.  Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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