Negative space in photography is the new “thing” to try


Why is this type of photography so good for cell phone photographers? Because you have this opportunity around you all the time. And these types of photos are becoming so popular. It is simple to understand, yet, the only real thing you need to remember is to follow the standard composition rules : See:

Another photo showing “negative space”

Negative space refers to areas of a composition that are empty, bland, or otherwise uninteresting. That’s why negative space is also called white space; it’s where nothing is really happening. But the photograph with negative space seems to be a growing type of photo subject because it creates some mood to the photo. With a new interest in the feel of a photo. Some of the photos I have seen lately don’t seem to apply much to the “rule of thirds, or any other composition rule, but, if you can place your main subject in one of the quadrants, I think it will be more pleasing to see.

Rule of thirds, showing the quadrants of where to put your subject.
Negative space using the “rule of thirds.

Looking at the above photos, in simple terms: A photo that has negative space, uses the main subject as just a small portion of the photo. But, the subject is small in proportion to the whole photo, showing instead, a lot of simple background.


Your cell phone is with you all the time. And so your photo opportunity to take a photo with negative space is greater. Now, the only thing you need to do is to recognize when you see such art work, or photo opportunity as you go through your daily routine.

Here is some great examples of Negative Space, using things around you:

Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash
Photo by the blowup on Unsplash
Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash


Find a real “blank” canvas and see if you can find a subject that is just a portion of the whole picture, and you will have a masterpiece. So, look for these opportunities.

Published by 123photogo

I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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