IT'S high time for those attacks on news photographers to cease. Eugene T. Sharkey, a former assistant prosecutor and erstwhile police judge in Bayonne, N. J., was indicted by the Hudson County Grand Jury recently, charged with violating a statute forbidding “interference with a newspaperman in pursuit of his duty.”
HAVE you entered your pictures in the big 1942 POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Picture Contest? If you haven’t mailed them already, better get them off in a hurry. The deadline is September 1, so there is not much time left. Based on past experience, we suggest that you wrap your prints carefully.
R. D. Mcl., Omaha, Neb. I’ve been using a negative short-stop bath composed of ½ teaspoon each of soldium bisulfite and potassium chrome alum to 16 oz. of water. Why can't I make up 2 qts. at a time, using a teaspoon of each chemical per quart?
Please send me the name of a man who is good at separating a double exposure. I believe one of your articles mentioned a man in California who does this? OSMAN PLAYNE Montreal, P. Q. Canada Are you kidding? If so, we enjoyed a laugh xoith you upon receiving this question. If you are serious, we will be too.
Photographing our war effort on the home front is the job of these camera-toting members of the American Women's Voluntary Services.
WHILE Army and Navy photographers are training their cameras on battles all over the world, members of the American Women’s Voluntary Services are taking war pictures here at home. Starting from scratch about two years Ego, the organization’s Photographic Division in New York City now has its own quarters, fifty active workers, and a steady list of assignments from the various A.W.V.S.
By putting laughs into your pictures you immediately win friends for them. And you’ll have fun planning and talcing shots that pack a chuckle.
SERIOUS business for the professional photographer, humor can be made an enjoyable subject for the amateur who is willing to give it a little thought. Everybody likes to chuckle, and if a picture can win a laugh it is certain to become popular.
This sensational new process you to see depth in two dimensional pictures without having to use any viewing device
THE raphy, third almost dimension as exclusive in photogas the fourth dimension in mathematics, has at last been captured. The normal world of width, height, and depth can now be reproduced on the two-dimensional surface of photographic film.
Movies written about far-off places often are filmed in the studio. How? By renting giant photo backgrounds.
SIXTEEN Angeles. by That's 20 means where feet, they not make inches, the at huge Pacific prints Studio used in Los for movie backgrounds. When a Hollywood director wants to shoot a scene against the New York skyline, he doesn’t pack up and head east.
The world's most patient subjects offer opportunities to experiment while making interesting pictures.
S. J. RESSETAR
YOU can learn to take better pictures, and get good photographs while practicing, by focusing on statues. They are ideal subjects for study—they don’t get restless, force you to hurry, or complain about unflattering experimental shots.
Use the made-to-order pictorial qualities of water. At the seaside or "down by the old millstream” you’ll find plenty of picture subjects.
DONALD D. STORING
BODIES of water, large and small, are among the most effective natural aids to picture taking. No matter where you live, there’s probably some river, ocean, lake, or pond close by, and you owe it to yourself to make good use of it as picture material.
Every detail in a picture is important. You can make your shots more effective by using familiar accessories that people will recognize on sight.
PROPS are photography’s first aid in telling a story. Watch any fouryear-old thumbing through a magazine, and listen to his comments. He cannot read the text of the story or advertisement, but if there are photographs illustrating it, he can often tell what they mean.
Novel camera teaches America's fighting flyers how to shoot down Axis planes. Here's another way in which photography is aiding the cause.
UP in the sky, as well as on the ground, cameras are helping to train Uncle Sam’s fighting forces. High above the clouds two tiny pursuit planes in combat maneuvers jockey for position. One pilot gets “on the tail” of the other plane, and plunges toward him with his trigger switch pressed hard.
There are many uses for pictures of your pals and army life at camp. Even Uncle Sam may want some of your better shots.
Corp. WILLIAM PEERY
SHALL I take my camera along? That's the question uppermost in a photographer's mind as he prepares to leave civilian life for military service. He wants to know whether he can take pictures at camp, and what use the army will have for his talents.
Learn the difference between "sneaking" pictures and creating expressions you really want to capture in portraits.
NO expression in the photographic world is so badly misused as the term “psychological method.” Frequently, in listening to groups of photographers discussing various ways of securing the best results, I’ve heard them explaining how they secured cei'tain shots by “psychological methods.”
Today’s picture-wise readers are laughing at editors who use the same hackneyed news shots, day after day.
WHAT a funny place this world would be if things were really the way they look in news pictures! All servicemen don’t spend every minute of their time on leave surrounded by pretty girls, and all iron lung inmates aren’t as happy as larks. But you would never know it from looking at the papers.
Does your photo album lack interest? Then try taking pictures in short, story-telling series, mounting the prints in groups, and labeling them with clever titles.
WILLIAM ROBERT HUNTER
THE average photo album is an ordinary collection of unrelated snapshots. However, you can easily give it that Hollywood touch, and show your admiring friends a book that they will want to look at for reasons other than politeness. How? Plot your pictures!
THERE is one instant during any bit of action when things are right to make a picture. It was caught by these two photographers, shooting entirely difierent subjects, to get pictures showing action at its peak.
AERIAL warfare has provided some outstanding picture material for the photographers on all fronts. These official Air Ministry photographs are from the September issue of Flying Magazine, devoted entirely to the RAF.
THERE are many different ways in which pictures can be used to bring out the ocean's might. Henry A. Scheafer snapped a small child running ashore ahead of a breaker. Emmett E. Smith employed a distant figure, photographed from a high angle, to contrast with long combers.
ANY subject you can name offers countless pictorial approaches. If you keep photographing it in obvious ways, your pictures are bound to be uninteresting. Try to find a new angle, and your pictures will click.
THERE are some ideas which can be brought out in a more interesting way by not showing subjects directly. To give a subtle twist to a story, tell it in shadows on a neutral background instead of in a straightforward shot.
To get unusual baby pictures like these you must do more than have an infant and a camera on hand. They may look posed, but actually they are the result of careful planning plus good luck in catching the right expression.
Know in advance just how your relief prints will look. It's easy, and so is the printing when you use this method.
WITH its third-dimensional effect, a relief print is one of the most striking and effective types of photographs. There’s nothing especially hard about making these pictures, although the average photographer never is sure how the relief print will look until he s gone through with the entire procedure.
The photographer who has never made movies has a new thrill awaiting him. It is easy to get good results, even with your first roll of film.
MAKING good movies is a pushover for any competent still photographer. You don’t have to adjust shutter speeds on a movie camera. There is seldom occasion for focusing. You don’t have to worry about your subjects moving during the exposure— that’s what they are supposed to do.
THE clubs which are formed in large companies are a fine field in which to sell photographs. I have taken group pictures of a golf league and a flying club with nearly 100 percent sales. Once you contact the people in these groups, you will find that they also want other types of pictures taken.
This simple darkroom accessory, easy to build from inexpensive material, works like a contact printer and will produce good blowups from small negatives.
VICTOR H. WASSON
THIS simple projection printer was built for a younger brother, who recently got started in photography. In less than a month he had rolls and rolls of 35 mm negatives, but no prints. Contacts were too small, and enlarging too slow to produce prints from dozens of shots.
E. M., Chicago, III.—You have selected a subject that has pictorial possibilities, but this handling produces only a record snapshot. Such a photograph might be of considerable interest to the persons shown in it, and members of their party, but it has little appeal to the general public.
JUST ANNOUNCED is tho new Miles Navy Fotofolio, a companion item for the Army Fotofolio which was brought out recently. The new Fotofolio is bound in Navy blue, with gold-embossed insignia and name. It affords the sailor on active duty a compact means of protecting his snapshots and keeping them in good order.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, by Charles C. Scott. Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Bound in red fabrikoid, 6¾x210, 922 pages, illustrated, $15.00. The most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of photographic evidence, this practical volume devotes Part I (15 chapters) to the preparation of photographic evidence, and Part II (12 chapters) to its presentation.
Organized only recently by a group of serious amateur cinematographers, the Amateur Movie Club of Chattanooga, Tenn., has completed filming and editing a 400-ft. 8 mm color movie entitled “Scenic Chattanooga.” The club is anxious to establish contact with other groups of 8-mm shooters with a view to exchanging this film for one depicting some other locality.
This striking photograph shows a Navy pilot equipped with an oxygen mask for high-altitude flying. Pictorially it reflects the fine quality of work being produced by the photographers serving with America’s armed forces, many of whom were topflight illustrators and news cameramen in civilian life.
MOST directors are of the opinion that the only good photography is photography that nobody notices. In other words, they feel that the story is the thing in a movie, and anything that distracts attention from the story is a weakness. They don't want the audience to interrupt itself by saying, “Wasn’t that a beautiful shot?”
HOLDING THE BAG, featuring the Sisters of the Skillet. 16 mm sound. 2 reels. Prices on request. Astor Pictures Corp., 130 W. 46th St., New York City. The famous feminine radio team puts on a screen show exactly like the programs originating from the broacasting studio.
THE time is almost certain to arrive when you find that you’ve left the lens shade home. There are many emergency measures to be taken, but if you are using a plateback camera the idea illustrated in the accompanying sketch is one of the best.
A TRICK used by vintners and the proprietors of wine cellars can be employed to advantage by photographers who use regular corks to stopper their bottles of developer. Instead of standing the bottles upright, place them neck down. In this way the contents of each bottle soak the cork and keep it expanded, thus preventing air from getting in to oxidize the developer.
ASIMPLE but thoroughly practical method of labeling bottles in which photographic solutions are kept is merely to coat the desired area on the bottle with ordinary white paint. A flat white finish is to be preferred. Any data concerning the contents of the bottle can be registered on this painted area with pencil or ink, and can subsequently be erased or removed by washing.
MANY amateurs do not have regular sinks in their darkrooms. This is a great inconvenience when you want to dispose of used solutions or rinse out graduates, etc. The accompanying sketch shows a handy “sink” I made by boring a hole in an old work-table.
WHEN projecting my Kodachrome slides, I found that using a pair of opera glasses or binoculars helped me to focus the projected image more sharply, The same idea is useful when projecting movies, especially when the film changes from color to black-and-white in the middle of a reel.
CORKS for sale at $2.00 each! If corks were sold at this price, perhaps they would be bandied with the respect that they deserve. Usually corks are not much more than an afterthought. They are jammed indiscriminately into bottles of solutions that have been compounded with infinite pains.
CAMERAS and lenses for making 35 mm movies are urgently needed by the Army, and the public has been invited to sell any they possess to the Government. Cameras required are the Mitchell, Standard NC or BNC models; Bell and Howell standard rack-over type, Eyemo Spider Turret, motor-driven, adapted for magazines, and Eyemo cameras with compact turret, adapted for magazine motors.
WHEN using a tripod, especially one not equipped with a pan-and-tilt head, it saves time ana trouble to place it so that one leg inclines toward the same direction as that in which the camera is aimed. Then if the camera is found to tilt to one side or the other, one of the two back tripod legs can be moved inward or outward to correct the tilt.
WHEN called on recently to take a number of pictures of people at a charity affair, I had no really convenient means of correlating my negatives with the subjects. Finally I hit upon a simple method. I hung a man’s pocket watch on the background, at a point where it could be cropped out of the picture when an enlargement was made.