Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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NUMEROUS as are the elements at play in a pic-ture, they are brought into "oneness" by tone. Tone may be defined as the running together of well-arranged masses and spots so that their edges are a means of fusion rather than separation. Let us imagine a room dimly lighted by a gas jet covered with a warmly tinted globe. Into this room a number of persons enter. If one is dressed in white and another in black, the white and dark will be influenced by the dim red glow. The white garment will be affected by the light with mellowness; that is, the whiteness will take upon itself the dimness of the faintly issuing light, the black will be far from black for the atmosphere of the room will bathe or tone it, and both white and black will have lost their strength of contrast in the dimness. These figures will be "in tone." Again, if they pro ceed to an adjoining room lighted by a goodly number of gas jets all incased in creamy globes, the radiance of the room will affect their appearance, their costumes and their "flesh values," so that they are quite other