Practical Pictorial Photography; Illustrated

Practical Pictorial Photography; Illustrated

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...exceed what might have been. But to know what might have been implies a considerable knowledge of nature, a knowledge only to be gained by a long course of study, and so I would say most emphatically that if the photographer has not studied nature and does not possess the requisite knowledge, he had far better be content to let the self-produced photographic image alone, lest his modifications and alterations result in a greater absence of truth to fact than the uncontrolled print possesses absence of effectiveness. Of course there are many instances in which but little modification is required, the scene as seen in nature being sufficiently satisfactory. So much the better; for let it be remembered that as photography is our chosen medium, then if photography unaided will give us the effect we want there is no especial virtue in altering it. There are modifications, such as a little shading down here and there, mere trifling matters which may be more safely attempted. It is my place only to point out what can be done and presently to suggest how it may be done. When, and to what extent, must be determined by each and every individual in each and every instance. There is certainly no possibility of a rule being laid down. I will give one more example, and rather an extreme one. Here are a series of four illustrations, and the story of them is as follows. One of the wide marsh lands of Suffolk; a group of trees just budding into earliest spring foliage; brown, withered grass underfoot, sprinkled with the new springing blades of green; a clear grey-blue sky on the afternoon of an April day, which lighted up the narrow stream of water coming down to my feet. The simplicity of the Composition pleased me. It was very bright, very full of...
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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913795
  • 9781236913791