Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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One principle helps another, logic and beauty advance together.
It will be observed that the white sash, the white spot in the hat, and the white on the floor line, also the shadow extending from the feet back into the pic ture, have all been made, not photographed; they are the outcome of photographic processes, convenient and practical.
Though the reason for each change in this picture's development as set forth in the text may be compre hended, the art aspirant will find his problem in origi nal work somewhat puzzling. As an encouragement to him it may be stated that art has a scientific basis and that with the aid of principles we learn through much practice to reason out the problems. But even more valuable than reasoning is the development of feeling that results from constant practice and that instinctively points out the defects and their remedy. In lifting the attention to this child's face we follow an impulse to make a light spot in the upper rim of the hat. We "feel" the need of that spot; later we "rea son" that it may be developed into an appropriate hat embellishment. The inclination of beginners in art is rather to pursue the opposite course, to give way to their fancy in elaborate laces, feathers, or trimmings, in an effort to add to the reality of things represented, and they fail to see the abstract value of the spotting.