Art Principles In Portrait Photography

How to Apply the Highest Classic Artistic Principles to your Photography.

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sonal element enters to give life to the accurate records, the present limitations of impersonal representation are removed from photography, and its large true sphere of influence opens. Not the subject merely, but the quality attained in the treatment of the subject, will become our chief source of delight.
Several methods are used at the present time to modify the lens record. In some instances the print ing paper is worked upon in such a manner as to leave undeveloped the less desirable definitions of form con tained in the negative. A certain resemblance to creative work results, and much beauty has often been attained, but "picture unity" and "picture expres sion" have rarely been reached. Certain other fac tors are required to produce them. If creative work is to enter into photography, it must be possible to make on the negative a line of any character and to control the light and shade with the facility of one who paints.
The illustrations of this book show that those power ful resources of the graphic arts, light lines and dark lines, lines having sharpness and lines having soft margins, can be made on the negative as readily as on paper or canvas. The new processes involved are especially rich in the control of the light and shade effects. Thus fitted out, photography becomes a me dium to be taken seriously in art educational work.