This week is probably one of the most important topics we will cover. Like the rule of thirds, negative space is in every image whether you realize it or not. By being able to see scenes and images by their negative space and learning how to use it to your advantage, will instantly improve your photography all across the board.
what is negative space?
Negative space, to put it simply, is the spaces other than your subject in an image. (In the example below, the positive space is the plant while the white wall occupies the negative space.) That doesn't necessarily mean that the background has to be either black or white. Negative space can be created with colors, shapes, light, a shallow depth of field, etc. Like everything in photography, there isn't just one way to do it. It's actually quite the opposite, as finding new ways to achieve negative space in your images will make you a more dynamic photographer.
Even though on the surface it seems that negative space only applies to a minimalistic style, it's actually applied to every photograph, intentionally or not. By recognizing the negative space in your shots you'll be able to isolate your subject and spend more of the frame telling the story.