Do you ever feel as though the photographs you take are too jam packed and almost like you can’t breathe looking at them?
There’s a reason for that, Subjects with eyes such as people and animals need room to gaze or look around them. For example, when a person is facing the camera and looking to the photographers left, place them on the right of the frame so they have room to look into the space (negative space is best, remember our lesson from last week on negative space). The sample below shows how the subject has a sense of life and movement, just because we have given her space on the correct side.
Objects that move such as bicycles, cars, and trains etc need space to move forward or in to, otherwise they look like they have nowhere to go making the photograph seem static. The Photo below shows how to create space for these moving objects also known as ‘Active Space’
Take a look at this horse jumping picture. Can you see that it’s crammed into the frame and creates a negative tension within the viewer? Without even knowing it, you feel as though the horse is stuck and has nowhere to go.
Remember to think about “active space” as well as the background and what is behind your subject as you plan your images. This will help you put balance in your photographs.
NEXT WEEK: The rule of thirds