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Confirmation Pictures. Usually pictures of this class are made in but one style-with the subject standing by a table. By some photographers these pictures are looked upon as ordinary, and no attempt is made at anything artistic, in keeping with the occasion. Any background is used, even exterior scenes, all subjects being posed exactly alike, etc. This stereotyped method can In-improved upon considerably. In the first place, a suitable-background should be employed - one suggestive of a church scene - and cither pose the subject without accessories or employ something appropriate, as. for instance, a kneeling bench.
898. When making full-length pictures-the majority of pictures of this style are made full-length-see that the stockings arc not wrinkled, and if the limbs arc thin, arrange the subject with the figure a trifle to the side. This will give a broader view, causing the subject to appear larger. See that the feet are properly arranged. For pictures of this class a somewhat sober expression is in keeping with the occasion. A smiling countenance is not desired - while under no circumstances permit an expression bordering on a laugh.
399. In the standing figure of Illustration No. 52 is presented a plain, ordinary position, which is usually acceptable. The background, representing the interior of a church, is in keeping with the picture. In the kneeling position of the subject, in this same illustration, a more artistic picture is shown. The position of the kneeling subject, with the hands clasped around the prayer-book and rosary, leaning slightly on the chin, the elbows resting on the kneeling bench, with a meditating expression of the face, and the head posed upward, gives the subject a really devout attitude, thoroughly in keeping with the occasion, which is responsible for the artistic result.
Clergymen. In Illustration No. 53 is presented a most appropriate position for a clergyman. The attitude denotes a characteristic pose and a speaking likeness. The position of the left hand is made easy and natural by the careless way in which the eye-glasses are held. The right hand is in an easy position, partially opened and resting at his side, the fingers gracefully curved, while the low key of light makes the hand less conspicuous, yet imparts good drawing to the figure. The book on the small table, while it might have been kept in a lower key, does not detract from the features of the face, and is in perfect harmony with the character of the subject.
Illustration No 52 Confirmation Pictures (Commercial and Artistic).
See Paragraph No. 399.
Illustration No. 53. Clergyman Portrait.
See Paragraph No. 400.
Illustration No. 54. A Lounging Position for Men.
See Paragraph No. 401.
Illustration No. 55 An Easy Position for a Business Man see Paragraph No. 402.