Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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T HE great portrait painter of Germany, Franz von Lenbach, made it a practise to have his subjeets photographed. He considered these photographs a convenience, as they gave him a record of the exact form upon which he could build his wonderful treat ment.
The true value of the plain negative should be to the photographer what it was to this artist. That is, it should procure for him a likeness. Having secured this in his usual way, he may raise it to portraiture by the chemical treatment of the plate.
Our object is to get a negative in which the lighting and detail give a satisfactory rendering of the person, but the negative's background is to be empty of form.
We therefore relinquish screens having pattern or scenic painting. These are to be replaced by the artist's inventions worked on the plate.