The difference between White Balance & Negative Space.

Photography is certainly a skill I've picked up through practice & sharing tips & tricks with more experienced photographers. It's great to be able to instinctively pick up a skill as if the universe was just waiting for me to catch up lol.

But now that I'm transitioning from doing to teaching others how to create amazing content, it's time to learn the proper terminology, because that's important. One thing I wanted to point out is the difference between white balance & negative space. 

A lot of people have been taught or just assume that these things are the same (including myself at one point). However, they mean two different things and if you master both, you just got more keys to amazing images.

What is Negative Space?

Negative Space refers to the space between the objects or people being shot in relation to one another. Negative space does not necessarily need to be "white" background to be negative space. Take the images below as examples.

When speaking to Negative Balance, you're referring to the space between objects in relation to each other. Therefore the space between the gold lid bottle & currents; space between the cotton tree & shaker.

When speaking to Negative Balance, you're referring to the space between objects in relation to each other. Therefore the space between the gold lid bottle & currents; space between the cotton tree & shaker.

 

So then what is White Balance?

White Balance refers to the intensity of light being used on the objects or people being shot. There are different types of light source and therefore different outcomes. Examples include Fluorescent, Daylight and Incandescent. That is why photographers prefer natural or daylight because you can see the true intensity & colors of the objects/people in an image. 

Both are needed in order to create photos that are beautiful and look natural to the human eye. So the next time someone saids white balance in relation to negative space, share the news and educate!