B&W Composition: The Negative Space

One of the main mistakes made when we want to convert digital photography to B&W is to think that any image can be good in monochrome. There are many things to pay attention to when considering which photo is good or not for B&W, but many photographers agree that the cornerstone is to have a powerful composition.

Converting to B&W allows you to achieve stunning photos, but the absence of color demands more creativity.

The Negative Space

An option to consider when thinking of B&W is to look for simplicity and try the negative space as a creative resource in composition.

If we look to an image we will basically see 3 parts:

  • The frame: is the limit of photography, the area surrounding the image.
  • The positive space: is what we are photographing, our main subject.
  • The negative space: is the space that remains between the frame and the positive space. It is an unfilled space, without relevant information for photography. If this space had some significant detail, important to understand the image, it is no longer a negative space.

 

The use of the Negative Space gives your photos a feeling of calm, tranquility and sometimes loneliness.

The images in this Newsletter were taken during my last trip to Pantanal and Galápagos, I took them thinking in B&W and inspired by the negative space.

 

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