Negative Space

Instead of making your subjects big, like so:

Moo! Cows (Photo by Michael Willems)


…you can also make them small, like so, and surround them with “nothing much”:

Horses in Mono - Photo by Michael Willems

Horses in Mono

We call that using “negative space”.

The use of Negative Space is a great way to show your subject not as huge, but as interconnected with, and inhabiting, a large area.

The negative space needs to be just that: negative space, i.e. devoid of meaningful content. It does not have to empty: just empty of information.

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