Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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sharp and straight. The hand cannot easily attain to this precision and accuracy, therefore, tak ing a broad rubber band, we will stretch it over the negative at the place desired. It will adhere firmly to the film. A large camel's-hair brush is dipped in the reducing solution and passed over the plate along the edge of the rubber band. The solution gathers along the line of the rubber and at its edge acts most vigorously, making a sharp line, not unlike that produced by a pen. By the use of rubber bands vary ing in size, architectural lines of any width may be made.
Procure a sable brush having a fine point. It should be large enough to make a line of any breadth. Charge this brush well with the reducer and pass it lightly over the film in any direction. By holding the plate to the light we can guide the brush perfectly, making a freehand stroke. Care should be taken to apply the royal blotter quickly, to prevent excessive biting. The blotter is an im provement over the use of water in checking the activity of the reducer, as it absorbs the liquid, and the film area remains in condition for protracted work.
A number of sable and camel's-hair brushes should be kept in vessels of clear water. Taking one of these brushes, play the water over the sur face of the film near the intended line. Remove the excessive moisture with the blotter. Now make the