ONCE again comes the annual call for good pictures with the announcement of the 1941 POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Picture Contest. For the third successive year photographers everywhere have an opportunity to participate in the largest contest ever organized by any photographic publication.
T. J. K., Kansas City, Mo. I want to make some Kodachrome shots of our youngster in his play-pen, using sunlight from a nearby window for backlighting and artificial lights for the main source. Please describe briefly a good way of doing this, mentioning types of film and light bulbs.
Dear Sir : I wish to thank you for the $200 first prize won by “Buck Fever” in the general class of your First National Flash Photography Contest. When I found I had been awarded first place, I let out a whoop you could hear all over the building.
Beauty, exuberance, sunlight, clear sky—everything needed to capture the feeling of spring outdoors has been put into this fine picture. Flying hair and a swirling skirt show sparkling action against a backTound of deep sky.
Taking forbidden pictures is just a game for this photographer. Here he tells of his thrilling experiences.
Handy Outdoor Camera Rest
Uses for Lucite Lamps
H. F. RANKLIN
I HAVE committed one of the most serious crimes in Europe—just for the fun of it. Taking forbidden pictures is my hobby, and it is a thrilling and dangerous one. Imprisonment, and even death, can be the penalty for getting caught taking many types of photographs.
There’s a wealth of lively action at the beach. Here’s how to catch its gay spirit with your camera.
IT takes gaiety, action, beauty, and brilliant colors to tell the story of an outing at the beach. You can catch them all with your camera this summer, and get pictures that will make your friends sit up and take notice. All it takes is a little planning.
Don’t put off picture taking when the weather is wet. Mist and reflections make many subjects more “photogenic.”
Loose-Leaf Print Dryer
EDWARD B. LANG
EVERYBODY likes to take pictures when skies are clear and the sun is bright, but did it ever occur to you that rainy days also offer many opportunities for fine photographs? Misty air, glistening pavements, and pools of water make ordinary subjects take on new life.
Photographs help guard American defense industries by providing a simple, tamperproof means of identifying all employees.
Guide for Aiming Reflector
JAMES G. LICCION
HAVING your picture taken is fast becoming as important a part of starting in on a new job as getting your name on the payroll. This is especially true in the national defense industries, where more and more plants are using the camera for positive personnel identification.
You can find plenty of colorful picture material in Hawaii. Here are some tips that will help you bring it back on film.
W. Norwood Brigance
FIFTY thousand people visit Hawaii every year, and practically all of them carry cameras. Nearly half use color film, and rightly so, for Hawaii is easily the most colorful of all lands under the American flag. Its ocean varies from emerald to indigo.
Writing history with a camera is the job of Farm Security Administration photographers. Stryker trains them to make pictures that tell a story.
Efficient Filtering Device
THIS iS the story of an ex - cowboy who has revolutionized the government’s attitude toward photography. Under his leadership a relatively small group of photographers has done much to show all of us how our countrymen live, how they look, what their homes are like, what they do for a living, and what is being done about it.
The beauty and the endless variety of cloud formations make it worth your while to collect negatives of them.
WHEN you’re looking for something to pep up a jaded photographic appetite, you can’t do better than try your hand at “cloudscapes.” Every photographer takes at least an occasional crack at landscapes or seascapes—so why not cloudscapes?
You can have fun superimposing portrait images. Two methods are described here, one of which was used in photographing a well-known author.
Rubber Bumper for Tray
Drying Box for Cut Film
Guide for Print Development
IN all the realm of trick photography, the making of composite portraits can produce some of the most interesting effects. It isn’t hard to do, either, and it presents many possibilities for puzzling and amusing your friends. Combination portraiture recently was used in filling an interesting commercial assignment.
It's a real thrill to take successful action pictures. Anyone can do it if he practices according to this clever method.
RALPH H. SNYDER
IN almost every type of photography, and especially where action is to be. pictured, you’ve got to time the shutter so as to catch the climax. There’s real photographic skill in recognizing the exact moment when your subject should be snapped for the best results.
Get acquainted with polarizing filters and their many uses. They’ll improve your work generally, and enable you to take many pictures you never could before.
Emergency Print Dryer
SCHUYLER H. RICHARDSON
YOU can make light do all kinds of tricks with polarizing filters. You can control and eliminate reflections, photograph obliquely through glass and water, and deepen skies. Most photographers today are familiar with one or two of these uses of polarized light.
There should be a purpose back of every camera angle. Learn to choose your viewpoint for the best effect.
Simple Parallax Adjustment
MANY amateur movie makers have jumped to the false conclusion that the use of camera angles is strictly an “arty” trick employed by Hollywood’s cinematographers. Actually, this is not so; the placement of the camera is just as important to the amateur in his everyday filming as it is in shooting a big-time feature production with expensive sets and high-salaried actors.
If you want to sell to picture editors, keep your eye peeled for different slants on old and new subjects. Novelty’s the thing today.
FREE-LANCE photographers are constantly submitting for syndicate consideration photos which once we would have bought, pictures which photographically are close to perfect. And these contributors are puzzled because their pictures no longer bring anything but rejection slips by return mail.
WARFARE creates spectacular scenes for night pictures, though humanity must pay a terrific price for this spectacle. A black sky background is perfect for showing the amazing pyrotechnics of war as it is fought in Europe today.
A HIGH camera angle enabled these photographers to get perfect diagonal composition. When you find a pleasing pattern or long shadows on the ground, get your camera up for an angle shot. (For Technical Data see page 80)
MODERN youngsters are air-minded, and many interesting pictures can be built about the fascination planes hold for them. Be on the lookout for good shots when you stop at an airport or have a chance to attend a model-making session. (For Technical Data see page 80)
SCOUT CAMPS offer many opportunities for interesting pictures of boys having fun out doors. Richard W. Hufnagle of Lincoln, Neb., spent three days at a typical Boy Scout camp with a camera. These are some of the fine photographs he got. (For Technical Data see page 80)
PICTURES Of pets have wide appeal, especially when they are photographed in places where you wouldn't expect to find them. Watch for the unusual when you are out for animal pictures, and be ready to release your shutter when it appears. (For Technical Data see page 80)
THERE is plenty of humor in pictures that catch animals or birds in poses that seem to be almost human. Patience is the main requisite — a photographer must wait, with camera ready for the instant to shoot. (For Technical Data see page 80)
PEOPLE themselves are only of secondary interest in this picture. It is their shadows that attract the eye. Julius Shulman, Los Angeles, Calif., took it from above the entrance to the Samta Anita race track. He mounted it upside down to give the shadows still more prominence.
You can set up a real darkroom in a trailer. Here's how it's done—with plenty of living space left over.
W. WARREN ANDERSON
IF you travel by house trailer, you can take your darkroom along wherever you go. Here is a complete developing, printing, and enlarging setup that was built into one end of an ordinary 20foot trailer. It provides a fine workroom for photographic purposes, and many of its features do double duty to make living more comfortable.
A few simple changes often will improve your portraits greatly. Here's how to make them.
THERE is no limit to the variety of effects that you can get with any picture that you take. The negative is only the starting place. If you aren’t satisfied with a simple, “straight” print, there are hundreds of tricks you can use, singly or in combination, to get a picture you like better.
ALL-ELECTRIC in operation, the new Central States Instrument Co. Film Tank Agitator features a plastic housing and a tenite tank pan. The latter is proof against stich photographic chemicals as might fall on it in the course of development.
The service rendered on this page is free to our readers. Send your prints with technical data to POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, 608 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, III. We regret that we cannot criticize prints by mail. Send self-addressed and stamped envelope for return.
A monthly list of valuable kinks and hints for the amateur. POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY will pay $3.00 for each one accepted.
Improvised Electric Heater
Safety Lock for Film Tank
Aid for Tray Agitation
Three-Way Feet for Tripod
Prevents Fog from Easel
A Personal Formulary
Firm Mount for Reflectors
Care of Darkroom Scales
IF your darkroom has any tendency to become chilly or damp, or if for any reason you may need a little extra heat in another part of the house, an ordinary aluminum photo reflector can be pressed into good use. A 25-cent heater element can be purchased at any electrical supply house, and screwed into the reflector in place of the regular bulb.
YOU can make extreme closeups in which single flower blossoms, bees, butterflies, and other small objects fill your whole projection screen. The simplest and least expensive way of doing this fascinating home movie work is by using spectacle lenses in front of the regular lens of your camera.
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C. T. Baker of Oklahoma City, Okla., took this picture with a 3¼x4¼ Speed Graphic fitted with an ƒ 4.5 Zeiss Tessar lens. He used a medium yellow filter to get a dark sky background. The exposure was 1/440 second at ƒ 8 on Super-XX film. The model was posed on a low cliff to permit making the shot from an extremely low angle.
HAVING been found useful in a great many occupations and industries, photography once again has proven its versatility by helping tailors in their work. One of the largest New York manufacturers of custom-tailored clothes for men, the J. L. Taylor Co.
THERE are many amateur photographers who do not have access to a well-equipped darkroom, or even a lighttight closet where film can be loaded into holders and tanks, or developed in open trays. Those who are thus handicapped will find this darkbox a very efficient and inexpensive accessory, worth a place on the end of the work table or among their vacation photo equipment.
PICTURE editors and cameramen seldom waste endearing terms on one another. They seldom agree on more than one thing—that the other doesn’t know his business. However, while they reserve the right to pass opinions on one another, they will not tolerate anyone else chiming in—especially the opposition.
Philadelphia and Baltimore Clubs Hold Joint Meeting
Chicagoans Photograph Farm
Central California Council Opens Slide Interchange
Trainees Get Reading Matter
Indianapolis Fans Crowd Hall for Movie Club Open House
Bookings for Traveling Shows
Did This Club Write You?
We Hear . . .
A Sturdy Negative Mailer
In response to the call for registration with POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S Club Editor, many more organizations throughout the country have sent in their names and addresses. Some of these outfits are just getting started on their careers—others have been meeting regularly for a long time.
DO you have difficulty in finding willing subjects for your photographic experiments? Have you postponed trying those tricky lighting effects you have read about because your relatives and friends lack the patience to sit through long practice sessions?
YOU may have had occasion to copy a photograph or document which had some kind of stain on it, or perhaps an old photo which had simply become stained with age, through improper fixing or washing. The usual story in cases of this kind is to the effect that the print to be copied is the only one of its kind, and so there’s no course left but to make a good copy of it if possible.
SOONER or later, when a photographer gets to making consistently satisfactory pictures, he begins to think about making his hobby pay. It can be done. Over half the pictures that are published each year—and this is roughly five million dollars’ worth—are submitted by amateurs who make their regular living in another field.
CAMERA fans throughout the country have been enthusiastic in their reception of the Second POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Traveling Salon, which is now being exhibited. There are 100 excellent black-and-white prints and four color prints in the collection.
LITTLE TECHNICAL LIBRARY, Photographic Series. Ten new titles by outstanding writers and photographers. Published by Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. Imitation leather bound, 4¾x 6¾, 96 to 160 pages, illustrated, 60c each. This popular series of pocket-size photographic books has added ten new titles to its list, bringing the total up to thirty volumes.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, 608 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill., announces its 1941 Picture Contest with over $6,000 in cash and valuable merchandise prizes. Good pictures are all that is required to compete—the contest is open to all photographers, amateur and professional alike.
WHEN we look about us at the rapidly moving panorama of human events and observe Mother Nature clothed in her delicate veil of ever-changing colors, it seems that the logical way to make a permanent photographic record of our impressions would be by making a motion picture in full color.