As you may intuitively deduce from the title and the photo combined, negative space is what surrounds whatever the subject of the photo is. In this case it is the sky. Negative space redirects attention to the subject of the photo, and makes it stand out more than any other technique, perhaps except color splash. Negative space works in any type of photography, but it is extremely powerful in black and white, where instead of colors we only have 256 tones. To be effective, negative space should be used with other basic techniques in photography, like rules of composition, balance, story telling, etc. Think of negative space as of a soundtrack for a good movie. It should not be noticeable, but at the same time it should be essential for the photo to be successful and complete.
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