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CHAPTER 5: Composing Your Art > Using Empty Space - Pg. 78

78 Part II Wedding Photography Techniques and Concepts To understand why this rule exists, imagine you've just been placed in a small box and left there. When you get comfortable, you will invariably settle on a spot with your back to the wall and all the empty space out in front of you. You would never choose to stand with your nose against the wall and all the empty space behind you. Images are similar to that box in that they have very solid walls. Good composition places subjects so they are closer to one wall and either moving or looking into the open space of the box. Using Empty Space You can create a very dramatic feel by placing your subject with a lot of empty space all around or in one direction. If the empty space is in one direction, then it is preferable to have it in front of the subject, as mentioned in the previous section. The emptiness shown in Figure 5-5 is often referred to as "negative" space, and it gives the viewer a sense of place. It says something about where the image was made. If you produce albums, sell wedding images as stock, or simply want to have something for your website, then you might purposefully create areas of empty space with the intention that this area will be filled with text later. If you make albums, you can create images with wide- open empty spaces that you can later fill with a montage of smaller images when you design the album.