Negative Space Defining a Composition

Negative space is the space within, between, and around the primary objects within a photograph. In general, to be truly effective, the negative space should lend itself as being an important component to the overall composition, as well as becoming a primary storytelling element of the photograph.

“Snowswept” by Nigel Finn
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“Hayden Valley – Yellowstone” by Ron Meyers
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“The View” by Thornback Russ
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“Runaway bride” by em_wissink
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“Freeze” by vinod kandrapu
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more in: 11 Brilliant Examples of Negative Space Defining a Composition
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“I Must Go In – The Fog is Rising.”

Who said, “I must go in, the fog is rising.” Emily Dickinson did. These photographers headed into the fog and came away with some amazing shots.

“God’s First Light” by Ann Baldock
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“Above the mist” by Sandi Bertoncelj
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“Foggy Burnett #1” by Brad Grove
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“I Was There Also…” by Gabriel Salvador
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“My favourite!” by Deb Rose
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more in: “I Must Go In – The Fog is Rising.” 35 Fog Photos Ignite Your Imagination
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A reason to smile

A smile for a smile. Right? Smiling is infectious. You’ve heard the term “infectious smile”. It’s true. When one person smiles- it spreads happiness. Let’s all smile at someone today.

“May you always Find a Reason to Smile” by Cathrin Jensen
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Smiling for Love by Oddfeel
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Maria by Mariana Stefanova
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Willow by Tony Bendele
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Serendipity by Rob Storm
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more in: “29 Smiley Faces To… Well… Make You Smile”
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Expert Lighting Control

Photography takes many forms. Sometimes a photographer simply comes upon a scene that they like, and they take the picture. Afterwards, they may alter the lighting ‘effects” in post-processing, (if the light wasn’t exactly what they were looking for). For this article, we culled our photographs from the “Lighting 101” challenge. We looked specifically for photographs that depicted a high level of skill and control in the lighting that was used at the point of creation (in-camera). Enjoy.

Waiting
by Torben Mougaard
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Jo.
by Joseph Balson
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Sensual Evening
by Mladen Dakic
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Bea Gardeberg
by Gabriel Riveros Vilches
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Anny
by Luca Foscili
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more in: “22 Outstanding Examples of Expert Lighting Control In Photography”
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Earth’s Finest Creatures

We culled this amazing selection of photographs from the “Majestic Mammals” challenge. If you’re an aspiring wildlife photographer- you’ll notice some common traits among these images. They are shot tight. People want to see the details of the animal. They have good light. Animal fur needs good light to show off the texture. They are often captured at peak action. Even a sleeping lion can have a moment of peak action!

The Mara Six
by Andy Howe
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photo by Vladimir Cech
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photo by Gal Meiri
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Spring Break
by Bragi Ingibergsson
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photo by Tomáš Svoboda
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more in “39 of Earth’s Finest Creatures”
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Photos That Will Have You Dreaming

Nothing quite sets off the imagination of a photographer like a sweeping landscape. Throw in a warm sunset, or a grazing horse, and we are ready to pack our bags!

deus sive natura
by Marco Cingolani
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Bybrook Valley I
by Paul Lane
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Mount Moran Reflected at Oxbow Bend on the Snake River
by Eugene Kiedrowski
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Photo by Henry Zhang
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The View from Te Mata Peak Napier NZ
by Anupam Hatui
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more in “42 Photos That Will Have You Dreaming”
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Affection

We know. Many photographers sigh at the amount of image manipulation that occurs these days. Today, we take a break. These shots of pets, along with their owners, reveal the true, unbiased , and unmanipulated level of affection that can occur between a human and beast. You’re gonna love it!

photo by IrisA
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photo by Elisha Henkin
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photo by Anett Toth
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photo by Elena Luria
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photo by Pasji horizont
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from “43 Real Photos of Affection”
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