Tricia Booker Photography

March 26, 2011

Burrowing Owl

Negative is positive. At least that’s my feeling after experimenting with negative space with my photography this past week. This is the final assignment of my month-long photography course with Shelley Paulson. I’ve greatly enjoyed resurrecting the photography lessons I had many decades ago in high school and college. Over the years, without reminders and refresher courses, it’s easy to forget important compositional elements and resort to what’s easy or necessary to get the job done.

The four weeks of this course went by very quickly, and it’s helped to propel me on my next journey in photography. For that, I’m incredibly grateful. I look forward to continuing this photo blog—thanks to inspiration from Shelley—and further exploring my world through the lens.


  1. Trisha: As I always tell my students, get rid of the negative space! If it isn’t contributing to your composition, get rid of it!! One half of your photo is negative space!! Enjoy for what it is!!

    • Hi Michael! Thanks for your comment and thoughts on your instruction. I haven’t worked with negative space for a long time (or really thought about it) so it’s great to hear other opinions, especially from prominent artists! Do you think it’s used differently or more or less prominent in photography versus painting?

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