Composition is one of the keys to creating a strong and effective image. One compositional element you can use is negative space. Basically simplification to the highest level, and making the subject isolated with lots of empty space around it. Here are a few examples.
I tell my students all the time – get closer, simplify!
Weekly photography challenge – negative space
Often I see new photographers trying to cram too much stuff into their images, and they just end up being confusing, and ineffective. By simplifying and removing everything except the subject the viewer has no choice but to see it. Taking it a step farther and composing so as to have space around the subject, room for it to move or breathe, allows the image to take on a feeling.
Negative space can add a feeling of loneliness, solitude, quiet, peace, serenity, or even movement. What do these say:
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