A few months ago while on a visit to Kenya, I visited a local studio to have my beautiful wildlife photos printed. As I waited for the prints to be ready, the photographer in that small, highly decorated photo studio in Marimanti town seized the moment to show off some of the photos he has taken. The first photo he showed me caught my attention. It was a studio taken photo of two kids aged around eight years but on the first look I thought it they were a couple in their middle twenties! What brought this sought of misjudgement is the way the photo was framed. The subject filled the frame so tightly that it left no space for the viewer to ‘breath’, making young kids appear like young adults.
The picture from above introduction could have been a lot better if it was balanced with negative space well utilized. Negative space defines and emphasises the main subject of a photo, drawing your eye to it. It provides "breathing room", giving your eyes somewhere to rest and preventing your image from appearing too cluttered with "stuff". All of this adds up to a more engaging composition. We help you gain a better understanding of the concept for more engaging photographs.