CALLING each other names seems to he a popular sport among amateur photographers. Our recent suggestion that it would be a good thing to find a short, descriptive name for camera fans loosed a flood of letters, some of which you will find among this month’s “Letters to the Editor” on page 60.
The enormous volume of mail which reaches this office daily necessitates our making definite regulations regarding material submitted to POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY. Contributors must enclose adequate return postage with their manuscripts and pictures.
TEN people stare tensely at a table less than forty inches square. It is set out with a silver tray of Fourth of July canapes and crystal glasses filled with golden punch. Olives and pimentoes decorate the toothsome tidbits with gay firecracker motifs.
WHILE outdoor photography with Regular Kodachrome is a fascinating hobby, color work reaches its artistic peak indoors, where the photographer has complete control of his backgrounds, quality of light, light arrangement and light intensity, and in addition can facilitate his color compositions by the use of colored lights as well as colored subjects.
THE YEAR is 1909. The scene is a small town in Pennsylvania. A boy stands before a drugstore window, his eyes shining. For there, amidst all the bottles and gaily-colored boxes, is a camera. A beauty, the boy thinks, and obviously worth every cent of the $1.25 for which it can be purchased.
HOW would you like to take pictures with fingers that are numbed with cold, even through thick mittens; looking through goggles that are almost opaque with frost; breathing an atmosphere so thin that the head aches abominably, lungs expand painfully, and vision, movements, and perceptions are dimmed by lack of oxygen.
PHOTOGRAPHY is playing an important part in preserving Uncle Sam’s diary, condensing it to a workable volume, and in making the many valuable documents and records readily available. The National Archives are not, as many people think, dead and musty records, of interest only because they are old and at one time significant.
ONE of the biggest thrills a medical student can experience is to watch a world-famous surgeon perform a delicate operation. Students of music sit spellbound as a top-rank concert artist holds forth on the stage. But what chance has the photographic addict to watch masters of the lens at work?
You'll enjoy the story of this capable woman who got into photography by accident and who shortly became second to none in taking pictures of the opposite sex.
How to Avoid Dull Spots on Glossy Prints
IT takes a woman to get a man. And it takes Carola Rust to turn out illustrations of men who look like characters from Dickens. You’ve seen the men Miss Rust has done for General Motors, Nucoa, Kreml, and Rheingold. The unforgettable pictures of working-men— and men who have no work—which she has turned out are making camera history.
As enthusiastic an amateur photographer as you'll find anywhere, movie director Lew Landers was quick to seize the opportunity of spending an entire day on the Cole Bros. Circus lot. Being allowed to shoot pictures to his heart's content, Landers kept at it from early morning until evening, forgetting all about lunch.
STRIKE up the band! They’re all here at Grand Central Palace. Every member of the big photographic family. One hundred and five thousand happy amateurs grasping expensive cameras and equipment. Hundreds of frecklefaced kids clutching Box Brownies.
AMERICA’S National Parks contain some of the finest photographic subjects to be found anywhere. The great number of snapshooters who invade the parks each year indicates that this scenery is appreciated. But why do so few really good pictures result from this combination of inspiring subjects and enthusiastic camera fans?
ANY photographer, amateur or professional, can add detail and beauty to his outdoor pictures in many instances by using the synchronized flash in conjunction with daylight. Smaller diaphragm stops, with their attendant increased depth of field, welllighted detail in subjects which must be photographed in the shade, and interesting backlighted effects are among the many possibilities of this simple procedure.
DESPITE the fact that most of our photographs are taken with light rays lying in the visible spectrum, it is quite possible to take pictures using rays that are invisible to the human eye. Here is a branch of photography that offers the amateur something different in the way of picture-taking.
MANY movie enthusiasts would like to possess a collapsible screen as large as 30" x 40" but cannot afford the price of one. However, any amateur who has a few tools can very easily make his own screen at very little cost. The one described here is made from an ordinary window shade which is contained in a wooden box and which, when extended, is held upright by two supports that fold into the box when the screen is lowered.
SUNSETS and sunrises are among the most pictorial of all camera subjects available to every amateur. If pictures of the low sun are taken over water, your prints will have the added interest of reflection and sparkle. If no lake, river, or marshy pond is at hand there are just as striking effects to be had by shooting so as to include some object silhouetted against the sky.
Homes, public buildings, and other structures offer a wide variety of excellent picture settings. The author tells how to select and use these backgrounds to advantage.
MANY outdoor pictures are spoiled because the background is not considered. Checking the background is one of the most essential operations in taking a picture. It is of about equal importance to checking the shutter, diaphragm, distance, angle, and pose.
IT IS a surprise to most amateurs that editors are willing to pay for pictures that they can use. Friends may see their pictures, and pass them on to an editor, but if it were left to most amateurs the pictures would never get there. Uncle Bill and Cousin Jenny ask in vain, “Why don’t you try to sell that picture?”
HOW would you have taken the picture shown here? It may look easy, but in reality it involved rather careful adjustment of the camera. Ed Northrup of Rochester, N. Y., took the shot, using a Kodak Duo Six-20. His exposure was 1 second at ƒ 11 on Super Sensitive Pan film.
BOX cameras are made for those who want to get low-cost pictures easily. Most people get more fun per dollar from box camera pictures than from any other kind. After all, everyone who wants to take pictures does not necessarily want to buy expensive equipment.
WHEN Jack Price, the ace of news cameramen, leaves New York, as he recently did, for a lecture tour to tell the students of the leading schools of journalism the whys and wherefores of picture-taking, that’s news. The budding journalists, copy scribes, and rewrite men of tomorrow will sure be “picture conscious” before Jack gets through with them.
Toughened by wind and sun, the complexion of this typical Westerner is worth the photographic study Edward Canby spent on it. Finding and posing his model near Dubois, Wyo., Canby concentrated on the texture of his skin, hair, and clothing, thus better conveying the essentials of type and environment than a composition of background and sweeping lines could have done.
Photographed through an iron gate, the placid stability of Harvard's Eliot House is enhanced by the vertical bars of black.... The unconventional angle of the steps, strikingly opposed to the direction of the boy's motion, dramatizes this commonplace scene.
By clever distribution of light Ruth Bernhard of Hollywood, Calif., puts amazing brilliance into flirtatious "Lupita's” eyes. The touching, near-human love scene of the two puppet mice owes its plastic strength to the placing of side lights.
Two New Yorkers set out to illustrate the abstract. "Rolling Dice" by Charles Regensburg pictures the chance that dominates the gambler's life.... Jack Aronson tells a story of tragic fate in his composition "Unemployment."
The incredible feat of transforming a pretty girl into a Tibetan Monk, shown on the facing page, is here described by William Mortensen.
Mortensen to Reveal His Process
THE picture Tibetan Monk by William Mortensen was suggested by the eyes of a girl. Gloria, whose picture is shown just as she really looks, has eyes which show a definite Mongolian characteristic. Slanted, slightly oblique, and deep set. As Mortensen said: “Her eyes were the first thing I noticed about the girl, and the more I thought about them the more the grotesquerie formulated itself in my mind.
A monthly list of valuable kinks and hints for the amateur. POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY will pay $3.00 for each one accepted.
Simple Retouching Stand
Emergency Print Trimmer
Photos As Backgrounds for Tabletop Pictures
An Adjustable Dodger for Enlarging
Rubber Collar Aids Pouring
Glass Graduate Made From a Tumbler
An All-Purpose Safelight
Emergency Short-Stop Bath
A SIMPLE stand for the amateur retoucher may be made in a few minutes from an 8x10 cardboard box, about 1½ inches deep. A hole 4 inches square is cut in the bottom of the box. Over this hole a piece of groundglass is fastened with adhesive tape. A piece of stiff wire is bent to support one end of the box at an angle of about thirty degrees, and the job is done.
MOTION pictures use a bit of showmanship technique which, applied to still picture photography, will add considerable interest to your shots. Leave something to the imagination of the person who looks at your prints. Don’t show it all! As an example or two of what I mean, let us take two scenes which you have seen time and time again in motion pictures.
A careful reading of the introduction on the facing page is essential to a full understanding of the information included herein.
A Photograph Taken By Orange Light
A Mirror Reflector
THE two popular film widths for home movies in this country are the 16 millimeter and 8 millimeter widths; 35 mm. film is considered professional stock. Reversible film and reversal machine processing are not available in 35 mm. width; a master negative and positive prints must be made on separate stock.
WITH the popular use of the photronic exposure meter we are prone to rely absolutely upon it, blindly setting the between-the-lens shutter and diaphragm opening exactly as the instructions indicate. Then we wonder why we do not get good results.
Dear Sir : There is a picture in your June issue that has me completely baffled! It is in your “Pictures From Our Readers” section, and, as a matter of fact, was awarded five dollars as the best picture of the month. Frankly, I don’t see anything very exceptional about it, but that is beside the point.
K. B. G., Hollis, N.Y.—The good general tone of your print indicates that the exposure was about right. But the many distracting details in the picture keep interest from centering on the subject. It is all right to pose a person somewhat informally in a home setting, but this should not be done at the subject's expense.
A TINY NEW flash bulb no taller than a pack of chewing gum has just been announced by the Wabash Photolamp Corp., Brooklyn, N. Y. The new peanut size, designated as Superflash No. 0, is about 30% smaller than the smallest flash bulb made to date.
THE Second Annual Photographic Salon for Women was judged recently in Philadelphia, Pa., being sponsored by the women's committee of the Miniature Camera Club of Philadelphia. The fact that approximately four hundred prints were received is evidence of the great interest in photography being shown by women today.
PAGE 39—PICTURE OF THE MONTH Edward Canby’s splendid character study was made with a 9 x 12 cm. Voigtlander Avus camera and ƒ 6.3 Tele Dynar lens. His exposure was 1/50 second at ƒ 8 on Agfa Superpan Portrait cut film. PAGE 40—PARALLELS The photograph of Harvard’s Eliot House, by Frank H. Grows, was taken through a gate, the camera being held fairly close to the bars.
HALOGENS. The four elements, fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine, comprise a group known as the halogens. Their salts are known as the halides or, sometimes, the haloids. HALOIDS. See Halogens. Also, the tradename used by a manufacturer of photographic supplies.