negative space is the area around the subject, the subject sometimes being referred to his positive space. Now the term itself is a little misleading, as correctly used negative space defines your point of interest and creates a balanced composition. So what do I mean by correctly used? Well, toe Answer that question. Let's look at some examples where it's been used badly in this image. The subject is positioned to close to the edge of frame, which creates an imbalance. This image shows the opposite. Too much space. The viewer is left wandering aimlessly, wondering what the point of the photo is. The skill, then, is defining what is too little on what is too much as usual. There's no right or wrong answer. As you have heard me say many times throughout this course, It depends on the story you want to tell. One of my favorite wildlife subjects is bears, and this is one of my favorite images of a bad your notice. There's a lot of negative space. In fact, it makes up half the frame, but i...
n this example, when you compare the amount and shape of negative space, you'll see it perfectly balanced by the positives base made up by the Bear on the Rock. This is a spirit back on my story, which is that of an apparition emerging from the ether, is clearly defined by the way I've used positive and negative space in the composition. And here's another example. I usually avoid photographing wildlife from the high viewpoint. However, on this occasion the aerial view of the negative space it creates work perfectly. First, it gives the image context straightaway. We know the crocodile is in its natural habitat. Secondly, it frames the shape of the crocodile. So in this example, the negative space has made sure the unusual angle doesn't create an abstract image and has defined the visual narrative. Negative space is an important element in composition, but assessing how to use it effectively can be hard to define. Often I find it's more feeling than a mathematical formula. When I was starting out and activity, I found useful was looking at how other photographers and artists used negative space and then practicing those observations. When I was out in the field off for a while, I found I was using it instinctively. So the best advice I can give is practice, practice, practice no