Reference Photos

Most of us use reference photos in making realistic landscape paintings.  Although making an exact copy of a reference photo really contributes nothing to the art world, a well composed reference photo can save you a lot of time composing the painting.  Take a little extra time with your reference photos to get the composition right.  Maybe you will still have to move a bush or rock and add a few things but it it will save lots of grief later when your painting doesn't have much appeal because of poor composition.  Digital cameras really make this a simple process so you can take several "well composed" shots of your subject from which to select the best composition as a starting point. 

 


Posted by: lknight
Posted on: 1/14/2009 at 10:18 AM
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