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I've taught expressive interpretation classes to a lot of photographers, and the number one mistake they typically make is to not initially remove enough detail from the source photograph. Let's keep in mind, a key element in the language of photography is sharp focus and fine detail. It's very hard for the photographer who has spent a lifetime achieving that goal to let go of this element. As a result, too much detail is often retained in the translation. And the so called painting continues to look photographic.
You always have access to the source photograph. Always remember that. There's nothing you can do that you're going to lose information that you can't recall back. It's always there. In this environment that we're working in, you can always get it back. And just keep that tucked away in the back of your mind. So if you flub and make a mistake, don't worry. If nothing else, you have Undo to help you get back. But we have all these mechanisms in place that will enable you to go ahead and try things out.
And that's the basis really, of what I'm trying to teach you here in this video. Now, I want to show you a variant of this same image that I worked on prior to recording this just to give you an idea. Here's what an under-painting should look like. So you can see, we recognize what it is, but it's very loose, and there's really a lot of detail missing. I do recognize that it is this castle structure that we've been working with, but beyond that it gets pretty sketchy. We're not really aware of exactly what everything is.
So this is at least a level of looseness and breakdown of the image you want to achieve. If it has more detail than what you're seeing here, you're probably being too fastidious, and you want to really keep it very loose. So, in the next video, we're going to take a look at how to look at this image, actually this image, in more of a flat structure composition as opposed to the actual photographic details that we're looking at.
So, we're slowly getting closer to actually applying paint to our canvas, but not quite yet.
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