During 2020 I ran a photography challenge over on my travel blog looking at different techniques throughout the year. I was not expecting that the year itself would prove to be a challenge in that the Covid-19 pandemic hit us and not only put paid to any travel plans, but also altered the way in which we conducted our lives. This year I am going to look at those techniques again using new photographs as and when I get the opportunity.
July was the last of the six visual keys which help to create a great photograph, being creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background. Or you might want to use positive space where the image is deliberately chaotic.
If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
And now two beach photos. The first one uses the expanse of the sea to make the figures seem very small and once again I have deliberately aimed towards the sun to create silhouettes.
My second beach photo concentrates on the textures. of both the wave pattern and the ripples of the sand beneath the water.
Photos with high amounts of negative space are:
I hope some of the above images had an effect on you.
Sometimes you don’t want to leave any space at all, the emphasis is on textures and details, a busy, crowded image with everything demanding attention. This is an example of extreme positive space.
Every part of this image attracts attention, but none stands out significantly more than the rest. It’s all positive space.
Below I wanted to fill the space with the trees even though the figure walking towards me among the bluebells is the focal point.
If you would like to have a look at the different techniques covered throughout the year then you can see them here. Please note that I am not running this as a challenge, but merely using the old one as inspiration for my photography this year.