July’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Space
The six visual keys to a great photograph are:
- Depth of field
Being Creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background.
- If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
- The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
- Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
- Create three dimensional space by shooting for a broad range of tones, from bright highlights to dark shadows, and varying shades in between.
This week's assignment - Increase the sense of drama by increasing negative space.
Where is this soldier? What is he looking at?
This is actually quite a small sculpture on a street lamp-post. The unknown soldier is facing the war memorial.
Below, blank backgrounds such as a plain wall or the sky help to create empty space around the subject.
And water also makes a good negative background.
If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂
- Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
- Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in August.
32 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #29”
loved focusing in on negative space and how it makes a subject stand out
Love your selections! Thanks for joining me this week 🙂
Sometimes when you don’t have room, flipping (rotating) the picture horizontally can improve it. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a try when the space just isn’t there.
Well, I proved not to have as much in the archive as I thought, but I was interested in seeing what happened if I removed the negative space, and Becky’s challenge provided the excuse. Here it is https://margaret21.wordpress.com/2020/07/22/empty-space-or-part-of-the-story/
I almost forgot:
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