I spent the morning reviewing Colormunky, that device I told you about a while ago that standardizes the color between photographic devices--camera, computer, printer, smartphone, ipad. My printer prints two steps darker than what I see on my monitor. My monitor shows the camera's images two shades lighter than they are on the viewer. This drives me crazy. That Colormunky is definitely on my wishlist should I pursue portraiture as a business.
Also on my wish list is Photoshop Lightroom 5. It looks to have enough photographic play in it for me at this time. While I am happy with the pose in this photograph, I would like to darken down the doorwall in the background and I would like to put natural greenery in the window area instead of that wall of siding. I have no idea if Lightroom can do that? I do have lots of questions for Todd on Monday. Had I known the importance of color photographic know-how in this class. I would have taken that class first.
Way back in the late sixteenth century, the Venetian Technique didn't call for using a camera or a grid system. Todd Burroughs likes both for they facilitate an accurate contour drawing with minimal errors. Richard Schmid, as expected from his prefered loose, alla prima technique, likens the Line and Mass Technique, (another description of a start that involves a detailed line drawing), to coloring in the lines in a coloring book--and he shuns the camera, but does own a Hasselblad view camera.
Which method we prefer depends on what we want the final painting to look like. For myself, I like the alla prima style of going right for the color with expressionistic brushstrokes, but for commissioned portraits where, in my experience, the client wants an rendering of their decrepit, deceased mother, the Venetian approach would have thrilled them--they would have paid up instead of stiffing a highly impressionable teenager thinking about a future in fine art!