One of the most difficult tasks as a photographer is to master the art of less is more. One of the most common techniques employed to accomplish this is to utilize “negative space”. “Negative space” is empty space left around and between your subject.
When employed correctly, the empty space around your subject provides a subtle backdrop to place emphasis on your subject. Combined with a carefully crafted composition the visual impact can be quite beautiful.
See the following two examples exemplifying the use of “Negative Space”
In the case of “Liquid Canvas” a silhouette is employed to place greater emphasis on the bending reed in the water.
In the case of “Between Storms” the subtle pattern and colors of the sky provide the negative space around the Golden Gate Bridge.