Positive Effect of Negative Space in Photography

By Tara Hornor. Filed in Inspiration

Negative space can give your photograph an entirely different atmosphere than the other photograph of the same subject. The absence of content does not mean the absence of interest. In fact, negative space often adds interest as it can place a stronger emphasis on the subject and it can evoke emotions effectively. Negative space brings clarity to a photograph but it also leaves a nice area that can be filled with text or boxes without taking away from the object in focus.


(Image source: Love and Lattes)

The following are some incredibly beautiful examples of using negative space in photography. Let these ideas inspire you for design projects like postcards, posters, web design, and so much more. As you will see, any of these beautiful photographs will also create a great background for your website. So keep empty space in mind next time you decide to take a few photographs to see just how much more focus and emotion you can add to an image.

Beautiful Negative Space Photos

The Double Cosby. This humorous photo by unclefuz shows that negative space can really add a comedic tone to a photograph. (Image source: Unclefuz)

Iguana. This small green reptile appears almost regal against the contrasting background of red brick tile. (Image source: NegativeSpace)

Extremist. When negative space is a landscape scene, a subject such as this boy who seems to be almost flying, not only stands out but also evokes a large degree of emotion. One can certainly relate to his seeming elation. (Image source: Evan)

Laurent High Key. The expression on this man’s face is intriguing, especially since we are not privy to the object of his vision. (Image source: Jason Thirteen)

Yellow in winter. Bright flowers always stand out well against a large black background. (Image source: Mary Peters)

Another look at bellinzona’s castelgrande. Tunnels narrow the focus of a piece and easily direct the eye. The bright light at the end of the tunnel in this photo envelops the person, making it easy for a designer to guide a viewer’s emotions. (Image source: Rafael Zwiegincew)

Oranges and Yellows on Blue. A stark contrast such as this bright blue water against the bright colors of the canoe is very appealing. Such a large expanse of negative space gives the impression of openness or solitude. (Image source: Vikram)

Marina Del Ray. The negative space in this photo adds to the feeling of viewing an object frozen in time. (Image source: Ned Man)

Music. Most babies are fascinating in and of themselves, so when placed in a photo in a cute pose surrounded by a blank background, they become irresistible. (Image source: Dalla)

Wander. Placing a scene at the very bottom of a photo against a large expanse of sky really gives the scene a “far away” look and feel. (Image source: Laurence Tucker)

Negative space. A brilliantly eye-catching photograph is made even more attractive with excellent use of negative space. (Image source: Glyc3r1ne)

Feather. A close up of an object such as this feather against a pillow makes for a nice abstract piece of art. (Image source: Rachel Haynes)

Midnight. A dark purple flower against a dark background instills a feeling of mystery. (Image source: Regine David)

Stretch armstrong. This photo is brilliantly done with a gradient background and the colors of the model’s clothes. The eye is automatically drawn downward from the light areas of the photo at the top to the darker areas at the bottom. (Image source: Love and Lattes)

Look on the Bright Side of Life. A normally boring or ugly object such as this light post can become quite eye-catching against a nice gradient background such as this. (Image source: masternoname)

Editor’s note: This post is written by Tara Hornor for Hongkiat.com. Tara has a degree in English and writes about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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