Hey there and welcome back for Week 15 of the 2018 Photo Challenge! This week’s prompt is Rule of Space:

Your subject should be facing the frame, walking into the frame, this keeps your subject “in” the frame and engaging with it. Give your subject room to move.

The challenges for each week are also divided into categories.

The category for this week is…


Composition refers to the way the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame. Challenges will focus on setting up the shot and developing our personal composition styles; styles which can become our trademark. Developing your Composition will allow you to set the stage to generate a reaction from your audience.


What is Rule of Space?

Using the rule of space in your photos is a simple technique that creates a sense of motion or activity in your photos through negative space. It’s a way to add visual space in front of the direction of your subject, whether leading the viewer’s attention through the subject’s gaze or the direction they’re moving in. A good practice is to couple Rule of Space with Rule of Thirds or Rule of Balance to achieve the desire effect of leading your viewer’s eyes in a certain direction of the image.


Rule of Space in this Week’s Photography Challenge

Photography Challenge 2018: Rule of Space

For this week’s photo challenge I wanted to perform some bird photography. Part of this decision stemmed from laziness and being pressed for time, but I also have a robin’s nest in the awning on my porch that allowed for some good photos!

It took about 20 minutes to get the subject in frame; birds are more fidgety than you would imagine and often fly off right as you’re about to click the shutter to snap a photo.

The robin I took a photo of is also incredibly protective of her nest; the moment I try to open the front door she swoops in and caws in motherly fury, which I used to my advantage in getting her to come close enough for a photo.

A drawback of this method was that I had to shoot behind my glass door, causing some of my photos to be blurrier than I wanted them to be. Luckily I was able to capture her while standing on the rocks in our landscaping, making it look more of a wildlife photo than it really is.


Rule of Space Photo Edits

The edits that I performed for this week’s challenge were on the selective color editing side. I’ve really enjoyed using that technique to make my subjects stand out more and I reduced the greens of the background while enhancing the orange belly of the robin. I also had to increase the exposure and highlights in the photo because I shot in an overcast, rainy day. Here are the edits I made if you didn’t check out the video above:

  • Exposure: +0.30
  • Contrast: +30
  • Highlights: +30
  • Shadows: -30
  • Whites: +30
  • Blacks: -30
  • Clarity: +100
  • Vibrance: +30
  • Saturation: +30
  • Point Curve: Medium Contrast
  • Orange Hue: -41
  • Yellow Hue: -8
  • Green Hue: +22
  • Orange Saturation: +100
  • Yellow Saturation: -50
  • Green Saturation: -80
  • Orange Luminance: +45
  • Yellow Luminance: +29

Photo Challenge 2018: Rule of Space Wrap-Up

What did you think of this week’s photos? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this post on social media if any of your followers would be interested in viewing these photos! Stick around for next week’s photo challenge where we’ll explore portrait lighting! If you haven’t, be sure to check out last week’s photo prompt on diptych and triptych photography.

Macro Photography Gear That I Use:

Here are some links for the photography equipment I used in the photo challenge for this week:

White Backdrop Curtain: https://amzn.to/2k1L2ds

Neewer Photography Light Stand: https://amzn.to/2GpKXZS

Neewer Video Photography Lighting Kit: https://amzn.to/2rMYshB

Pentax 50mm Prime Lens: https://amzn.to/2GkrAkB

Pentax  K-50 Camera Body: https://amzn.to/2IjPUJj

Pentax 50mm Macro Lens: https://amzn.to/2Iwb2YV