Over in our Master Lighting & Off-Camera Flash, we’ve started new weekly challenges to showcase the variety of talent of our photo communities. If you haven’t already joined our educational Facebook groups led by our SLR Lounge Educational Ambassadors, make sure you do so for a chance to get featured! Last week’s challenge was to submit their favorite photo featuring one of our all-time favorite compositional theories: Negative Space.

What is Negative Space Photography?

We discuss the many compositional theories in Photography 101 as a great stepping stone for a photographer to develop their artistic style and frame and photograph a scene in a unique way. Positive space is defined as the primary subject(s) in a photograph, while negative space is the space around and between the subject(s). Negative space, which can also be referred to as white space, is a common concept also used in art, design, architecture, and sculpture for hundreds of years. If you want to learn one simple trick for better compositions in your photography watch this video! We even interviewed pros to find out how they think of their compositions before they click, read more here.

Raph Nogal – Website | Instagram

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Ken Pak – Website | Instagram

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Trevor Dayley – Website | Instagram

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Joel Didier – Website | Instagram

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Marissa Joy Daly‎ – Website | Instagram

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David Mendoza III – Website | Instagram

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Bryan Surgener – Website | Instagram

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Cynthia Schiavetto Staliunas‎ – Website | Instagram

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Chad & Beth Winstead – Website | Instagram

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Jason Vinson – Website | Instagram

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Ramiro Cervantes – Website | Instagram

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Pye Jirsa – Website | Instagram

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Nguyen Quoc Huy – Website | Instagram

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Pablo A. Rajczyk‎ – Instagram

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Marlies Hartmann – Website | Instagram

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Ori Carmi – Website | Instagram

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Timothy Eyrich – Website | Instagram

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Alexis Cuarezma‎‎ – Website | Instagram

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Lissette & Orlando Suarez‎ – Website | Instagram

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Sean LeBlanc – Website | Instagram

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If you haven’t already joined our educational Facebook groups led by our SLR Lounge Educational Ambassadors, make sure you do so for a chance to get featured! To learn more about compositional theories and how to use them in your photography, join us in SLR Lounge Premium where we have 30+ courses in our library ranging from shooting tips to A-Z post-production tutorials!