Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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photography is largely the reason for its lack of picture quality.
A foil is a difficult thing to describe for it changes its character with every picture in which it is used. When we have a heavily accented face the foil is the presence of something within easy vision of the eye, strong enough to detract attention somewhat from the face and to keep it from being vulgarly near. It gives the reserve quality that we call refinement. But the foil is not visibly present as such in all pictures. In a masterly oval picture, for instance, when the frame closely fits the figure portrayed, the very nearness of that frame creates the "consciousness beside the face" that acts as a foil. Whenever the frame is close to the figure the need for an especial foil is lessened or re moved, but the necessity for it is great where the figure is surrounded by much space. We sometimes find that it is a mere form or tint breaking the monotony of a large surface. This in itself shows how carefully weighed must be everything we introduce in a picture, for each part has more than one office to perform.
. In Fig. 28 the background forms gradation of tone lightest at the shoulder, where the accent formed by the shoulder lines is the foil to the face. With the intro duction of the successful foil, we see the face less, but feel it more. To look directly at the chief interest in a picture, as in Fig. 86, without feeling any gentle alle-