NOW that the storm of editing our Directory is over and the big Anniversary Issue has found its place on your book shelves, POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine is entering its third year of publication with the assurance that the number of its readers and friends has again considerably increased.
BEFORE YOU GO AWAY BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT AND LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THE PLACES YOU WILL VISIT
VACATION time unquestionably is the time when the average amateur’s photographic equipment rephotographic equipment ceives its most severe workout. Vacations come but once a year to most of us, and if you don’t make pictures while you have the chance you must wait another year to get those scenes you’ve been thinking about.
Get the thrill of long range picture-taking by using afield, glass or telescope in conjunction with your camera. An easy method is described here.
DR. L CLYDE CORNOC
FREQUENTLY we see a telephoto graph of a distant object-a bird on the nest, a mountain view, a castleand our interest is immediately aroused. We marvel at the clarity of detail, and perhaps reflect that if we had photographed that object with our camera from the same distant point and enlarged the negative, we would have a very fuzzy and unsatisfactory picture.
Emotions and ideas are symbolized in the unusual, bizarre compositional motifs of the "Photic" group which claims "realism."
EVER since Daguerre successfully made and preserved an image on a photographic plate, the function of photography has been a source of endless discussion. We have passed through all the various stages of technique and handling of the photograph from the old soft-focus to the surrealist and impressionist approach.
Amateur Photographer, Vista, Calif. EVER since the advent of the safety razor there has existed the problem of disposing of used blades. The modern flash synchronizer presents a new problem. What to do with old flashbulbs? In desperation they have been de-. posited behind flower pots and under furniture.
Photography comes to the aid of medical science with an ingenious camera that you have to swallow.
Enlarger Control Switch
Cigar Box Slide File
Washing Roll Film
Cut Film Sheath Hold er for Enlarger Paper
The Finished Appearance
Old Ferrotype Tins Used to Cover Darkroom Table
PEOPLE all over the country are swallowing cameras. There is nothing so very difficult about it. If you have any reason to believe that you are suffering from any of the various stomach disorders, you merely make an appointment with a stomach specialist who uses the stomach camera, and in a few days pictures of your stomach tell the real facts.
The author, famous for his circus pictures, tells you how to make the most of the unusual photographic subjects under the Big Top.
Try a Viewing Filter
MAXWELL FREDERIC COPLAN
HOORAY!" you shout, if only to yourself, when you hear that the circus is coming to town. You vision a sudden opportunity for many striking pictures. You experience the thrill of something different to photograph. Yes, the big show is coming to town.
Many fine pictures will be found in your yard. The author tells how to get them.
Repairing Chipped Trays
Your Own Post Cards
GARDEN photography presents problems all its own. In the first place, we can’t ask the garden to step over here where the light is better, or to look pleasant, please. But it is even more difficult to do justice to a colorful garden in terms of black and white; so whether we are using the simplest of box cameras or the most costly advanced type of equipment we need to know a few tricks of the trade.
An ingenious gadget devised by Walter Nase, famous sub-sea photographer, makes it easy for any amateur to
Camera and Accessory Case
Did You Know Thaf-
JOHN H. CORNWALL
MOST of us have undoubtedly wondered how Walter Nase takes the striking underwater pictures which have been appearing in national magazines, roto sections, and newspapers throughout the country. Their very unusualness and excellent quality have made many an amateur photographer itch to try his hand at this uncommon field for pictures.
The second of fwo articles by the author in which he discusses the various problems involved in the making of photographic enlaraements which have salon quality.
LEO S. PAVELLE
THE most important thing in photography is the finished print-the final result which climaxes the actual taking of the picture and subsequent development of the negative. The earnest worker who strives to obtain the finest enlargement possible from his negative is, therefore, concerned with the problems involved in making such a print.
THE startling effects you see in today's feature pictures are explained by the man who creates many of them.
Supplementary Lens Tester
Aid in Weighing Chemicals
Trimming Wet Prints
UNTIL POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY asked me to tell about my screen work and some of its secrets, I'd never and some of its secrets, I’d never thought much about the amateur moviemaker’s interest in this work. Several of the tricks we use in Hollywood may be carried out by the home movie fan.
A ten-cent tube of cellulose cement and a sheet of glass is all you need to make your own efficient diffusion disks.
REGINALD O. LISSAMAN
THE majority of diffusion attachments obtain their diffusing power from the finely polished grooves which are ground into the surface of the glass disk that is placed before the regular camera lens. Such grinding and polishing is beyond the ability of the average amateur.
UP to now this monthly feature has been devoted exclusively to excellent photographs done by established or rising masters. It has been full of praise; the criticism has been duly respectful, as it ought to be when dealing with the work of masters.
THE photographs shown here were selected from groups submitted by three of the leading picture services as outstanding pictures of recent news events. In each case the pictures were taken by staff cameramen retained respectively by Acme Newspictures, Inc.
The author, a master of camera technique, makes an interesting and impartial analysis of a current photographic controversy.
DAY by day the terms Modernist and Pictorialist as applied to the makers of certain types of photographs grow to mean less and less. It is time we took inventory in this regard, and the sooner a fine picture is admitted to be such by the majority (regardless of personal prejudices), the better it will be for photography as a form of art.
If you thirst for picture subjects New York City, Bagdad of America, is the ideal oasis for a camera spree.
WITHOUT detracting in any sense from the thrilling New York World's Fair, I'm willing to bet that one of the most spectacular parts of the Fair will be New York itself. It is the camera fan's Utopia; and although the Fair undoubtedly will be a great place for the photographer, my advice is to save some of your film and energy for a tour of the big city.
A regular salon contributor renders constructive criticism of haphazard methods and offers several suggestions for the betterment of all exhibitions.
Improving Photoflood Reflector
D. WARD PEASE
I HAVE tended for a the the remarks committees primarily which run insalons. I hope that any group which contemplates starting a new salon will find them useful; some of them apply to the practices of many an older and well established show. My remarks are entirely from the viewpoint of one who has sent a great many prints to a large number of salons, both at home and abroad, over a period of six or seven years.
(opposite page) This excellent portrait of a pedigreed setter was made with synchronized flash to insure against movement on the part of the dog. Photographer Korling used a reflex camera and synchronized diaphragm which automatically stops down when the exposure is made.
Light and atmosphere shape your pictures. A slight fog lent velvety softness to Ray Atkeson's swans, while the Portland photographer's crisp and clear beach scene shows the effects of a storm that has just passed by. (For Technical Data see page 70)
A year ago Miss Doris E. Wright of Middleboro, Mass., was first introduced to our readers. Since then she has made great strides in portraying babies. In all her shots she shows a knack for pressing the release at just the proper moment. (For Technical Data see page 70)
Just to prove that ideas make the picture as much as subject matter, we selected these four prints. "Fashion" and "Texture" are the work of creative imagination, while "Labor" and "Specs" were shot by photographers able to see pictorial possibilities offered by everyday scenes.
Shooting with the sun behind him, Anthony V. Ragusin of Biloxi, Miss., captured drama and action in silhouetting the schooner against the sparkling sea, while his direct shot of a sunset spells tranquillity.
Interesting patterns may be created by repetition. With several prints made from the same negative Ben Schnall produced a striking montage, while Fred Korth achieved interest with an orderly arrangement of similar objects.
The simple rules set forth here and illustrated on the next two pages will help you obtain a variety of lighting effects in your pictures.
PORTRAIT lighting is relatively simple in practice but difficult to explain in a manner that will immediately be clear to the novice. For this reason a miniature stage has been incorporated in a set of pictures made to illustrate different lighting setups and their product.
THERE fans who are many amateur movie fans who are content to send their films off to the processing station and, upon their return, run them forever afterwards as a series of untitled and unrelated sequences. The mere fact that they have made moving pictures seems to be sufficient and their interest and effort stops there.
A battery of lenses! What photographer has not been out on a job only to find out that the lens he has with him is not the best focal length for the work in hand If you have a focusing camera with a lens not exceeding two inches in diameter, this need never happen again.
Apartment dwellers and travelers will find this box indispensable. Many jobs usually requiring a darkroom may be done in the open.
RALPH E. KETCHAM
THE portable darkroom fills a long felt need of the amateur photographer. It may be used for loading plate holders and developing tanks, and for making minor repairs and adjustments to roll film cameras when 1oaded. For the camera fan who, due to lack of space, finds it impossible to provide a regular darkroom for himself, this portable affair will fill all requirements nicely.
THE difference between the common variety of snapshot and the photograph of the experienced cameraman is often the angle from which the picture is taken. A seasoned photographer seldom “stands them up and goes boom.” He is constantly on the alert for the unusual, the different angle that will make his picture more dramatic and unique.
THE processing of 35 mm. film requires extreme care from beginning to end if one is to secure the minimum amount of grain. Most amateurs, and many professionals, will exercise great care in developing, fixing and washing the film. After the last process they will casually give it a quick wiping with a viscose sponge or chamois and then hang it up to dry, leaving it to its fate.
A. E. H., Wakefield, Mich. Many of my negatives are flat, causing difficulty in obtaining brilliant prints from them. I find that glossy paper gives me better prints from these negatives than paper having an eggshell surface. Why is this? ANSWER: TO begin with, you should strive for better negatives; the “flatness” you mention is caused by improper exposure or faulty processing, or both.
Dear Sir : I expected it would be something big (the May issue), but it turned out to be more than that and even beyond all ordinary terms, including those made in Hollywood. My ingenuity was temporarily stumped until there was a flash through my brain of at least 52,000 lumen intensity.
MANY articles have been written on how to keen developers from deteriorating over a long period of time. These articles advise you to use certain size bottles. I have tried practically every bottle on the market until at last I have found a bottle which will keep developing solution indefinitely.
USERS OF 35 mm cameras will be interested in a new device which permits the ]oading of bulk film into magazine poo1s in daylight. It is the Boes Model B Film Winder, a light-tight device which holds 50 ft. spools of bulk film. A separate compartment can be opened to permit the insertion of a film magazine.
In line with its comprehensive program for increased club efficiency, the Washington (D. C.) 8 mm Movie Club has created a new club office, “news reel editor.” This officer will maintain contact with the members, and will assign to them interesting current events to be filmed in and around Washington.
Torkel Korling, especially noted for his outstanding work in photographing children, made this splendid dog portrait at Cittadeltet Farms, Woodstock, 111., country estate of Deeds Mitchell. The dog, Snug of Cittadelia, is one of Mr.
PINAVERDOR. A basic dye used to sensitize emulsions to yellow and green light. Its action is similar to that of ORTHOCHROME T, but is stronger in the bluegreen region. PINCUSHION DISTORTION. The spherical aberration resulting when the diaphragm stop is in front of a single lens.
A FEATURE that contributes more than anything else to securing sharp pictures is the magnifying lens placed in the focusing hood of such cameras as Rolleifiex, National Graflex, etc. A round hole is drilled in the middle of the aluminum back and filed square, the same size as the square opening in the linen tester.
AN INCREASINGLY popular lighting technique for outdoor photography is the use of the synchronized flash bulb in conjunction with daylight. Hundreds of amateurs and professionals are now creating a wide range of new lighting effects with their own miniature or plate camera —simply by taking the photoflash synchronizer outdoors in the sun.
THE ideal arrangement for any photographer, is, of course, to have a permanent darkroom. Most of us, however, have to be content at first with a darkened kitchen or bathroom, fitted out only as completely as our pocket books will allow, with emphasis on the clearaway-ability of our equipment once we are through “messing around.
BY STARTING your shooting a little before the first number on the spool is fully centered, and by making careful allowance all the way through, you can usually manage to get an extra picture out of a roll of film. My camera is one which makes twelve 2¼ x 2¼ pictures. And as I have a streak of Scotch in me, I have often felt the urge to obtain a thirteenth picture.
ANYONE owning a plate back camera may cut his film expense in half by using the device illustrated. Many studio cameras have a split negative device incorporated or an attachment for that purpose. However, none of the cameras that I know of on the market for the amateur (except roll film cameras) has any provision for this economy.
INFORMATION has just been released concerning the new Uni vex Iris camera with built-in photo flash synchronizer. The flash unit is quickly detachable from the camera as will be noted in the illustration, so that when doing outdoor work it can be left at home or slipped into the pocket and replaced on the camera whenever it is desired to make a photo flash shot.
THE ART OF TABLE-TOP PHOTOGRAPHY, by Arthur E. Gleed. American Photographic Publishing Co. Cloth bound, 4¾ x 7½ 48 pages, illustrated, $1.25. Table-top photography stands preeminent in the field of photographic fantasy and originality.
THE KALART COMPANY, 915 Broadway, New York City, announces a $250 prize contest for pictures taken with the Kalart Micromatic Speed Flash. Twenty-five awards of $10 each will be paid for winning pictures. Prints must not be smaller than 2¼ x3¼ nor larger than 11x14.