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Let me make it clear to you that if you are going to take portraits on a regular basis, you need to learn how to make use of the artificial light. Well, I am talking about the powerful studio strobe, continuous source of any kind or lowly speed light. However, you need to know that the natural light portraits still have their place, and these can be made amazingly beautiful and effective as well. If you want to go with the natural portraits, you can go through the tips I have mentioned here.

Firstly, do not be tensed or scared while creating a natural light portrait. It is possible to hustle the person in a different shade or to get a decent shot. But, it may not always be a great one. You can light to add that extra spice and so use that limited natural light.

With the natural light, you need not carry extra lights, cords, generators, batteries, etc. You need to worry about the incidents such as tripping over the stuff or having these accessories blown by a strong wind. You get the freedom from these worries that will keep you in a relaxed attitude. This way, the portraits that you create will look better with the natural light.

You will have to buy a reflector or diffuser. I should tell you that the reflectors come in numerous sizes and shapes. However, as you need to carry the reflector along with you, you need to buy one that is portable and ideal for the purpose. You can buy reflectors that are a maximum of 40 inches so that you can carry it around. Usually, the photographic reflectors will have a removable or reversible cover that has a golden and silver surface or black and white surface and the cover can be removed to double as a diffuser that will enable it to be placed between the sunlight and your subject.

I usually look for natural gobo, flags, and scrims. Well, these are different types of light modifiers. The scrims will cut the light levels, gobos will create light patterns, and opaque flags will block the light suddenly. This way, I will let the light spill only when I want it to. You can position your subject so that the pattern of light improves the shot and gives it the extra impressive look.

In case, you are shooting indoors, you need to be aware of the things such as the difference between the light that comes from a large and a small window. One of these is more focused, and this difference can either make or break the portrait.

My advice is that you need to keep in mind that you are not using additional light sources, and so an extreme close-up portrait will show your reflection in the subject’s eyes. There can be some post work done to make the portrait look great. You can add some punch to it, but do not forget that it should be black and white.

Read also Useful Techniques to Learn Abstract Painting

Being an abstract painting artist, I aim to reach the exciting compositions by just managing the colors, platforms and lines without utilizing the appearances of the living things, nature and objects. With the tough art, there is a possibility to create impressive and mind-blowing expressions using colors, shapes, lines, etc. While browsing On My Wall, I remembered the importance of understanding that you can use different colors to create an abstract painting. For a clear understanding of the concept, I will compare the abstract painting with that of a music composer’s ability to express his or her feelings through a song using independent notes.

What is Abstract Painting?

Abstract painting is a form of painting that is done using simple geometric shapes and a dash of colors. The ultimate beauty of this type of painting lies in the inability of the viewers to comprehend the message that is conveyed via the artwork. The viewers have to use their own imagination to relate their ideas and feelings to the painting and give it meaning. There are famous abstract painting artists who used complex geometrical patterns along with vibrant hues to convey their idea by means of the painting. The main way to express the thoughts in this type of paintings is the usage of shapes and colors.

Learning Abstract Painting

Well, when it comes to learning the techniques involved in abstract painting, there are several ways. The first thing that you need to know is to let your imagination go wild in order to express your thoughts in the form of an abstract painting. This is how I started my work as well. The advantage is that there is complete freedom in expressing the ideas by means of any color or shape.

The best way is to learn the art from other artists by knowing how they do the abstract painting. When you take a look at my works, you can question how a particular painting was created to get the idea and achieve the effect in the pictures in an effective manner. Once you get to know these ideas, you can use these techniques to great your unique style of abstract painting.

As you do this process for a few paintings, you will understand that each artist will follow a different method, how the painting can be done on canvas and the different tools that are used to create an abstract painting. Keep in mind that you cannot just copy another artists’ style as you need to develop your own style that is based on the tips related to the abstract painting given by me or other artists.

Tutorial Guides to Learn Abstract Painting

Those who want to learn the art form of abstract painting with latest forms of expression can browse for the tutorial guides. I keep updating my knowledge on the same by browsing for the latest tutorials. Also, there are specific guides with the simple tips and techniques that are aimed that the beginners. This way, you can come up with your own unique style and techniques. There classes will help you to get motivated and inspired to develop your original, creative and individual art.

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