Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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added delicacy and flow in the darks, while in the light parts the medium was used rather dry. It will be observed that every stroke was made to convey its full quota of meaning, and care was taken to maintain the character of each, although modifications were admitted. The leaf forms at the right of the sitter's shoulder were created by wiping out the Medium B. The positive made from this negative is a beautiful and exceedingly emotional engraving. The plate is noteworthy for the quality of the lines, their accenting and their breaking. Notice how these affect the expression of the face. Medium B, worked upon the positive, is especially adapted for reducing such glaring whites as those of the dress and hat. The crisp touches of light and the modelling of the face were brought about by treatment with Medium B on the second negative.
The results reached in Fig. 123 show that photog raphy has resources for expression rivalling those of the graphic arts. Practice will soon point to the de sirability of keeping much space about the figure, thus offering an opportunity for rich background inventions. These balancing features will add dignity and impor tance to the figure and will make an impressive whole composition.
The first impulse of the conservative photographer, whether professional or amateur, may be to reject the processes set forth in this treatise, putting them under