I wrote about negative space as background in  White Space Negative Space.

But you can photograph subject(s) as negative space — just shoot your subject as a silhouette.


  • Expose for background: The background has to be brighter than the subject.
  • You may have to manually focus the lens since the subject is dark.
Geese Silhouette

Two Canada Geese



“Black Sun” at sunset



Jumping on beach


♦Multiple subjects and Partial Silhouettes

George Wahsington

The second subject -Olympic Mountain Range– is not completely black.


Partial silhouette

Sunset at Northgate Mall


The best time for shooting silhouette is around sunset or sunrise.