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Elizabeth West

I'm a person who loves both words and images. A writer by profession, I'm a passionate photographer in my free time. I do not see the arts as a competitive activity, since no two people would ever create the same work even if they had the same subject. I welcome comments and suggestions from all.

Negative Space Can Have a Positive Effect

Many elements work together to create a pleasing photograph. One such elements is negative space. Negative space is all the space inside the picture that is not the subject. The edges of any picture form a frame for that picture. Within that frame, the subject is considered the positive area; the rest is called negative space.

The word negative is used descriptively; it is not a value judgment. Negative space is not something to be avoided. However, it is something to be considered, because it is an important part of a picture’s composition. It is a design element in your image.

A stencil can help you recognize this importance. Here the subject is the brass object, but the negative space that forms the letter is equally if not more important.


Negative space has several functions. It helps define a subject. In many cases, it also provides a vital element in the design of your image. Since a photo is two-dimensional, the space around a subject appears on the same plane as the subject. Negative and positive spaces are side by side. The balance between them should be pleasing. Read more…

Stampics Lives!

My concerns were unwarranted; Stampics apparently had been making some changes in its email to avoid spam. I received a very nice note from the folks there, so I guess I don’t have to eat crow–yet.

Suspicions about STAMPics

I tried to contact the folks at Stampics, mentioned in an earlier article, and have heard nothing. Now I’m suspicious, and you should be, too. Perhaps they’re just away for a few days, but perhaps this entire website is outdated. I’ll amend the post about them if I hear nothing for a week.

Vertical Viewpoints

Sadly, many photographers take only horizontal pictures. They always lift their cameras and shoot. Their pictures are all landscape views, pictures that are wider than they are tall.

These photographers are missing some great opportunities.

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