84. Practice Work

Practice Work. In applying this instruction select a residence, or building of any description. One with projections, porches, etc., is the best. Bear in mind these few facts.

85. First, an architectural picture should be made in bright sunlight, otherwise you cannot retain the effect of trimmings, cornices, etc., and the building will appear flat in the print. Sunlight supplies highlights, shadows and proper contrast. Avoid crowding a building or object on the plate. This is important. Allow plenty of space around the building, thereby supplying better atmosphere.

86. Obtain a careful focus and exercise care when using the swing-back. See that the picture is perfectly perpendicular on the ground-glass. Use proper stops.

87. Make several views of the same residence, selecting varied view-points, making the exposures at different times of the day to show the effects of various angles of light. Take one residence in particular and study its lightings and various view-points most carefully, making negatives of the most marked effects. These records will be of great importance to you by more thoroughly impressing upon your memory the preceding instruction. When thoroughly familiar with this work, as applied to one particular color and type of building, it will be advisable to proceed in like manner to make a few photographs of another building. For instance, if the first one was light in color, the second should be quite dark, as this will give you a practical knowledge of the method of handling the two extremes.

88. Proof prints should be made from all experimental negatives, and full data placed on the back of each. File these proofs in your proof file for future reference.