WE FEEL pretty proud of photography in America when we reflect on the part it is playing in the war. Photography will not win the war—planes and tanks, men with machine guns, men with welding machines, stevedores and sailors, block-busters and shrapnel will win the war. But if you want to feel proud of your hobby, add up the photographic work that helps all of these things.
Amateurs of Knoxville, Tennessee, Start a Win-the-War Drive with Photographic "Posters for Victory"
MANY amateur photographers have wondered how they can help win the war. They want to serve our nation along with the millions of other Americans in the armed forces and war plants. The Knoxville (Tenn.) Camera Club has found one way of doing it with its photographic war poster project.
HOW TO MAKE PHOTOGRAMS LIKE THE FIVE SHOWN ON THESE TWO PAGES
FOR pictures that look like they are "out of this world," try making photograms. They are fun, easy to do, and inexpensive. Photograms are made by placing opaque or translucent objects on light-sensitized paper and exposing with a light ray.
Gremlins, Fifinellas . . . they get in your hair and gum up the works when you're trying to take flash pictures
So you are a photographer. And you think just because you have a camera, a flash synchronizer, a piece of film, and a flashbulb, you can take a flash picture. Well, that's what you think. We Gremlins know better. And what's more, we're the folks that can stop you, if you don't watch out.
THE startling pictures you sometimes see are often created by a very simple trick that anyone can duplicate easily. One stunt is that of recording three images of the same subject on a single negative in one shot . . . and it's done with mirrors! A eardboard collar fastened to the front of the camera supports two small mirrors before the lens.
BACK in the days when photography was still a babe in arms, and flashbulbs, floodlamps, and high-speed, panchromatic films were not yet on the market, portrait photographers were turning out “super-duper” portraits making full use of the most natural and abundant light source available—natural daylight! With great care and skill they adapted their work to the natural light coming in through windows and skylights, and many of the portraits they made still live today as masterpieces of a bygone photographic era.
Karl Berggrav braved Nazi bombs and bullets as she photographed the first battle of Narvik
FROM shooting Norway's battle scenes to posing a Crown Princess and her family in the quiet of a country home are some of the varied experiences of Kari Berggrav, who escaped a year or so ago from her besieged Norway to become the only official embassy photographer in the United States.
Garbed as an Arab, Andre de Dienes wandered 1000 miles both afoot and on donkey-back to photograph this now strategic area
FRANCIS V. LOUIS
THE man who made these scenic photographs in North Africa is a wanderer. He started wandering at the age of 14, when he left his native village in Transylvania, and has traveled for years-all over Europe and North Africa-seeking beauty for his camera to catch and preserve.
Buzzards, shrikes, sparrows.. . . a good bird picture is a feather in your cap
CHARLES W. SCHWARTZ
OF ALL wildlife camera subjects, birds are probably the most interesting to photograph. They are relatively numerous, mostly diurnal, and commonly found in flocks or colonies. To capture them on film is a challenge to the camera owner's patience and persistence, but he will obtain ample reward for his efforts in the form of good pictures.
These pictures rang the bell with newspaper readers as well as the judges of the Eighth Annual Exhibit of the Press Photographers Association of New York
ONCE every year, the news photographers of New York City become salon-conscious. They pull out their best news shots for the year, submit them to a jury of judges, and vie for honors awarded by the Press Photographers Association of New York, which includes some of the cream of the nation’s crop of camera sharpshooters.
Last month, in Candid Shots, the editor’s column, we asked the women of America why they were afraid of photography—as a hobby, as a vocation. We praised the women who have learned to use cameras, and frankly, we poked a little fun at the millions more who haven’t discovered the picture hobby.
Without its caption, this photograph would still tell its story of a boy watching a baseball game. The photographer recognized a good picture possibility when he saw it and carried it through well. Synchronized flash and sunlight took care of the lighting.
MOTHER instinct is a strong emotion in animals and can be the source of many appealing pictures. Be sure to plan your lighting, however, because you may need to make exposures at night or under difficult conditions.
IN photographing weddings or other subjects pictured many times before, you have the advantage of being able to discard all the usual approaches. Strive for some new angle that will capture the spirit of the ceremony.
THESE pairs of pictures, made by Victor Keppler, will aid the Victory display Committee of the U. S. Treasury. Each larger picture shows freedom's meaning in America; the small pictures show freedom's defeat by fascism. The message: Buy War Bonds Now!
THESE photos are from the Eighth -Annual Exhibit of the Press Photographers Association of New York (see pages 36-37 for more). Photo above by Morris Gordon, PM, one below by Joseph Costa, New York Daily News.
HORSES and tractors on a farm are commonplace. The photographer's art makes them dramatic and broad in sweep. The picture of the horses was made by William Carlson, the tractor photo by Peter James Samerjan.
A WANDERING photographer, Andre de Dienes, sought beauty through 1,000 miles of North Africa and recorded it with his camera when he found it. These pictures and others on pages 32-33 show the peaceful life there before war made it the center of conflict.
THE TELEPHONE in the photo department of the Akron BeaconJournal rang sharply. “Hello, photo desk,” said a photographer. A woman’s voice came over the wire: “Please send a photographer right away to take a picture of me. I want to enter it in your snapshot contest."
IF A FISH can see all which-ways, so can a camera. The new “illuminagraphic” camera, developed by Frank Benford, General Electric Research Laboratory physicist, is called a “fish-eye” camera because it looks in all directions at once, photographing everything in a room above its own level.
Your camera's best friend and strongest support doesn't require a top priority
Filming Navy Acfon
RALPH C. LEWIS
CAN you borrow a saw, small plane, vise, wood chisel, and a few drills? If so, you can build this sturdy wooden tripod for approximately ninety cents. A good camera comes first, but one of the most important accessories you should have is a tripod.
You can turn your camera art into pen-and-ink drawings by this simple and workable process
THERE are many times when the amateur or professional would like to have a pencil or ink sketch of a portrait or scene that has been made photographically. A simple method makes it possible, and no great artistic ability is required. Photo-sketching is a process which makes a potential artist of every photographer.
IN addition to the many services now offered by Spiratone Fine Grain Laboratories, several new ones have been added to the list published in their newly released booklet. The 35 mm Maskospot service is now also available in 3½x5 and 4x6 sizes. A finegrain filmpack service and the introduction of a color department are two other new features listed in the booklet which has just, been published and which describes in full all of the company’s services.
TOMMY BURNS, Los Angeles photographer for Associated Press, was encountering difficulties getting a picture of a recalcitrant witness, Dr. Etta Gray, in the recent Errol Flynn trial. She refused to pose for a picture and every time he maneuvered around for a quick shot, she turned away.
The timely photograph by Larry Kelley of San Bernardino, Calif., was taken while covering a Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game during winter training. He used a 3¼x4¼ Speed Graphic and 6⅜" Kodak Anastigmat ƒ 4.5 lens. Exposure was by daylight flash, 1/100 second at ƒ 16 with one Wabash Press 40 lamp, on Agfa Isopan film.
THESE exhibits are made up of the prize-winning pictures from POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S annual Picture Contests. These outstanding photographs will be in your locality soon. Make certain that you see them. Check the schedules listed below to find out when and where the exhibits will be shown.
Dear Sir: Your response to my letter (Candid Shots, May, 1943, issue, page 16) has certainly heen considerate and thoughtful. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your advice and encouragement. Your naming the various positions that women hold in the photographic field is great food for thought.
>History is being made now in your own community as well as on battlefronts. Are you recording it on movie film?
by JUSTUS AHREND History is being made now in your own community as well as on battlefronts. Are you recording it on movie film? ALL around you. things are happening that affect your life in many different ways. Rationing, military service, civilian defense, American Red Cross, and many other activities related directly or indirectly to war are influencing your life.
AMERICAN HANDICRAFTS. 16 mm sound, 10 minutes, black and white or part-color. Rental: $1.50, $3. Sale: $36, $72. Bell & Howell. 1801 Larchmont Ave., Chicago, III. Interesting and instructive teacher-made record of textile, pottery, wood-carving, and glass-blowing cottage industries in the North Carolina mountains.
EVEN though the war has cut down on your traveling, don’t think that you must abandon amateur movie making. The travel restrictions, in fact, can turn out to be a welcome respite, a breathing spell during which you can reedit all your old travel footage and whip up a first-rate movie.
Many amateurs would like to be able to shift their darkroom lights back and forth when doing photographic work. A swinging arm attachment on a safelight will solve that problem. The attachment can be made of wood, or a swinging wall bracket usually used to hang flower pots or drapes can be bought at a hardware or variety store for the purpose.
D. A. H, Toronto, Ont. Could I use my Kodachrome projector as a spotlight? Would it make any difference if I used it for taking color pictures? ANSWER: Both slide and movie projectors have been used successfully as spotlights in taking pictures in black-and-white. They are not recommended for use with color film, however, unless provided with a lamp of the color temperature for which the film is balanced.
H. H., Brookline, Mass.—Although you claim to be a “rank amateur,” you have done very well with this picture. Considering that it was taken with a box camera with daylight from the window, the lamp shown, and a pie pan reflector as your light sources, you have made excellent use of the equipment you had.
GREMLINS or no Gremlins, if you use flashbulbs you are going to have battery troubles: weak batteries, wrong batteries, no batteries. The Booster Circuit shown in picture 1 on page 24 will help you lick these troubles, and should be built now while you can get the parts.
The bulletin of the Camera Club Council of St. Louis, the Chatter, is building up good will between photographic supply stores and photographers in the area. Each issue contains brief stories on two of the camera stores whose advertising makes it possible to print the bulletin. Tho stories tell when the stores were founded an I give a short history of their activities since then.
DURING the summer, many clubs and organizations hold bicycle trips, picnics, and outings. There will be more of these outings this summer than in former years because of the travel restrictions. Take along your camera when you go on one of the trips and take pictures that tell the story of the outing.
CIGAR INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, INC., 630 Fifth Avenue. New York City, is holding four news photo competitions. Pictures in which cigars play a newsworthy part, taken in the regular course of a professional photographer's duties, are eligible when accompanied by evidence of publication.