Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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exalted were we to maintain that the mental and emo tional expenditure in its production rivals or even approaches the output that is attendant upon picture painting. The more mechanical our tool, the more calculating do we find ourselves when working out the problem; the more unhampered and direct our touch in its record of the seen or unseen world, the higher is the form of expression.
Composition in photography is the easiest study found in any art, because it does not require several years to gain a power over the medium and because colors are eliminated. When the chemical and tech nical sides are under control, experiments are made with rapidity and results are gained in hours that in any other art require days, weeks, or months; experi ences crowd and insight is rapid. If early experiments prove failures, new efforts can quickly follow until the mind and heart are satisfied. Is there such a thing as complete mastery owing to this rapid growth? Pos sibly not, because photography has difficulties to meet that painting does not know. The lens overwhelms us with detail and every photographer finds himself confronted with the question, "How may I suppress unessential and disturbing accessories?" With the introduction of new processes comes the further demand, " How may I supplement and balance the chief interest
in my representation?" The field is large and the