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The Portrait, 2nd Edition by Tim Meyer, Glenn Rand

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6 Lighting Ratios

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This image shows how the ratio is controlled to make the lighting look as though the light has a consistent direction from the high windows© Arthur Rainville (Courtesy of the artist)

Techniques to convey details in highlights and shadows simultaneously have been part of painting since early human history. Because painters could interpret how they wished to delineate shadow detail, they could use the totality of their visual, mental, and artistic abilities to ensure the reading of details in the dark areas of a painting.

This approach differs from the photographic portrait process because the ability of the human perceptual system ...

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