Positive Effect of Negative Space in Photography

Negative space can give your photograph an entirely different atmosphere. Negative space often adds interest as it can place a stronger emphasis on the subject, and can evoke emotions effectively. It also brings clarity to a photograph without taking the focus away from subject.

The following are some beautiful examples of using negative space in photography. These ideas will inspire you for your next photography and design projects and show you how much more focus and emotion you can add to an image through negatice space.

Beautiful Negative Space Photos

#1 – The Double Cosby @Unclefuz

This humorous photo by unclefuz shows that negative space can really give focus to your subject.

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#2 – Iguana @NegativeSpace

This small green reptile appears almost regal against the contrasting background of red brick tile.

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#3 – Extremist @Evan

When negative space is a landscape scene, not only that the subject stands out but it also gives depth to your photo. One can certainly relate to his seeming elation.

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#4 – Laurent High Key @Jason Thirteen

The expression on this man’s face is intriguing, especially since we are not privy to the object of his vision.

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#5 – Yellow in winter @Mary Peters

Bright flowers always stand out well against a large black background.

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#6 – Another look at bellinzona’s castelgrande @Rafael Zwiegincew

Tunnels narrow the focus of a piece and easily direct the eye. The bright light at the end of the tunnel that envelops the person, makes it easy for a designer to guide the viewer’s emotions.

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#7 – Oranges and Yellows on Blue @Vikram

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.

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#8 – Marina Del Ray @Ned Man

The negative space in this photo adds to the feeling of viewing an object frozen in time.

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#9 – Music @Dalla

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.

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#10 – Wander @Laurence Tucker

Placing a scene at the very bottom of a photo against a large expanse of sky really makes it dynamic.

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#11 – Negative space @Glyc3r1ne

A brilliantly eye-catching photograph is made even more attractive with excellent use of negative space.

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#12 – Feather @Rachel Haynes

A close up of an object such as this feather against a pillow makes for a nice abstract piece of art.

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#13 – Midnight @Regine David

A dark purple flower against a dark background instills a feeling of mystery.

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#14 – Stretch armstrong @Love and Lattes

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.

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#15 – Look on the Bright Side of Life @masternoname

A normally boring or ugly object such as this light post can become quite eye-catching against a nice gradient background such as this.

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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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