Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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sented is not a discouraging one to art. Composition will rectify the faults. Notice how in Fig. 136 the balance of darks, half-tones and lights effect a pleasing portrait, full of life and interest and without objection able overshading of the flesh forms.
The trimming of print 137 was the outcome of the photographer's decision that the lighting was not strong enough for the background and the draperies. Yet this same lighting can be made to hold against a large area. The real trouble seems to lie in the circum stance that the picture, attempting an action, is with out movement; further, that the arm and hand have become too obtrusive for the good effect of the face. By throwing the emphasis where it belongs we have produced action, and the proper tempo. In Fig. 138 an unusual and satisfactory pictorial rendering is the outcome.
The lighting need not give anxiety to the experi enced photographer, but composition should be the object of his earnest search.