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
at gurushots

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How to look at a photo and how to learn from looking at it

In The Photographers Eye, Michael Freeman showed what a photographer needs to do in the instant before the shutter is released. In the sequel, The Photographers Mind, he explained the way that professional photographers think a picture through before taking it. Both of these international best-sellers featured Michaels own photography: stunning landscapes, revealing portraits, and fascinating street photography.

Now, in The Photographers Vision, he examines the work of photographys greats, explaining how to look at a photo and how to learn from looking at it. The featured work includes some of the most distinguished names in photographys history: Nick Knight, Frederick Henry Evans, Frans Lanting, Tim Page, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Paul Outerbridge, Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman, Elliott Erwitt, Trent Parke, Jeff Wall, Paul Strand, Romano Cagnoni, Horst Faas, James Casebere and many more, making this book visually stunning as well as intellectually authoritative.

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The Photographer’s Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography
by Michael Freeman

via good reads

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Monochrome in the streets

Ich habe mich 15 Jahre lang mit Musik beschäftigt, bevor ich im Oktober 2015 zur Fotografie kam, auf Grund der Empfehlung eines Arztes „einfach mehr spazierenzugehen”. Eine Stunde später hielt ich meine erste Kamera in den Händen. Durch die Fotografie habe ich die Möglichkeit meine persönliche Perspektive auf Szenen und Gegenstände des Alltags festzuhalten, wodurch die Bilder mehr und mehr zu einem Medium meiner Kommunikation mit der Welt werden. Es ist für mich zu einer Notwendigkeit geworden meine Emotionen und Ideen durch meine fotografischen Arbeiten anderen Menschen nahe zu bringen. Dabei stellt gerade die Verschiedenheit der Rückmeldungen zu den einzelnen Arbeiten für mich persönlich den größten Reiz meiner Arbeit dar.

Zu Beginn meiner fotografischen Tätigkeit war ich zunächst damit beschäftigt alles zu fotografieren, was mir vor die Nase kam. Zahlreiche farbenprächtige Bilder waren oft das Resultat, mit dem ich anfangs auch zufrieden war. Was sich jedoch schnell ändern sollte. Wenngleich die Qualität der Bilder zunahm, spürte ich jedoch schnell das Bedürfnis mich auf bestimmte Stilrichtungen zu spezialisieren, um meine Kompetenzen in diesen Bereichen auszubauen und vertiefen zu können. Dabei wurde schnell deutlich, dass ich meine Vorliebe in der Architektur, Street- und Landschaftsfotografie fand, nicht zuletzt dadurch, dass die Resultate die mir am meisten zusagten Brücken, Wasser und die Menschen der Stadt Hamburg waren.

Seit dem Sommer 2016 habe ich dann meine Vorlebe für die schwarzweisse Fotografie entdeckt und festgestellt, dass ich mich an dieser Ästhetik nicht so schnell sattgesehen habe, wie bei den Farbbildern. Daraus erschließt sich, dass mittlerweile mehr als die Hälfte meiner Bilder in monochrome erscheinen.
—Alexander Schönberg

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Monochrome in the streets
by Alexander Schönberg

more at 35photo

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Top 25 Photos on Flickr in 2019

The year is wrapping up, which means it’s time to highlight some of the most popular, interesting, and engaging photographs uploaded to Flickr in 2019. Ready for some inspiration?

To compile this top 25 list, we started with an algorithm that took into account several engagement metrics, like how many times the photo was viewed, faved, or commented. The selection also involved curation by Flickr staff.

Most of the top photos come from long-term community members, professional and self-taught photographers from different countries around the world with an eye for people, nature, and beautiful landscapes.

Mother Nature by Lizzy Gadd (Canada) with a Sony ILCE-7RM3
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Kiss The Paws by Audrey Bellot (France) with a NIKON D500
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Pure Magic by Alex Noriega (USA)
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Balance by Jessica Drossin (USA) with a Canon EOS 5DS R
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Snowy owl – Harfang des neiges – Bubo scandiacus by Maxime Legare-Vezina (Canada)
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Top 25 Photos on Flickr in 2019 From Around The World
more at Flickr

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Hitting the streets in the 2019 Urban Photo Awards

In its 10th year the Urban Photo Awards presents a wonderful collection of surreal, evocative, and occasionally spectacular images. This year’s top prize went to a beautifully strange shot the judges suggested required an unbelievable sense of timing.

The Urban Photo Awards is a relatively straightforward photography competition, fundamentally focusing on the fabric of urban life, be it big city living or a more simple rural existence. The single photo contest is split between four categories: Streets, Spaces, People and Creative. A portfolio award is also handed out to the best sequence of images that tell a story.
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Hitting the streets in the 2019 Urban Photo Awards
more at New Atlas

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R A I N

For this contest I would like to see your best shots of rain. Images can show landscapes, street photography, or maybe close-ups, captured in the day or at night. The subject is open but there must be rain in the picture.

Let it rain!
by Peter
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Smoking in the rain ,Union Street, Aberdeen
by graeme youngson
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Kingfisher in the rain
by William Cowings
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Untitled
by Guy Krier
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Wet Wet Wet!
by Irina W
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R A I N
more at photocrowd

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Shadow Play

Creative uses of shadows and light to add unique effects.

Silhouette of hugging man and woman
by Jonathan Borba
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by Sep
@lensofsky
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Woman wearing red and whitestriped long-sleeved top
by Rafael Mota
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People walking
by Jan Kolar
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Woman walking on sidewalk
by Ryoji Iwata
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