WE FELT pretty good last month, beaming like an amateur who has just bought a new lens. Our pride was occasioned by the story in the August issue on Radiophoto and how pictures are flashed from the battlefronts to the front pages. On the same day that POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY went on the newsstands, the soldiers of Lieutenant General George S. Patton, old Blood and Guts, started clambering over the beaches of Sicily.
Babies, ballet, news — the story of a photographer who clicked her way to fame
How Bannister Made the Cover Picture
CONSTANCE BANNISTER catapulted into photography by sheer accident and even today, with a top spot among women photographers, a studio-full of elaborate equipment, and assignments crowding each other off her calendar pad, she’s not sure she chose the right career.
You can make these cameo-like pictures from your own negatives by a simple printing trick
STEPS IN MAKING A BAS-RELIEF
THERE is more than one printing method that can be employed for making unusual pictures from your negatives. Some of them require much time and patience. Here’s one, however, that is simple. It is the bas-relief process. Bas-relief prints are different from ordinary prints in that they show the remarkable optical illusion of sculpture.
Don’t dash for shelter when the sun blacks out and showers fall. Protect your camera and hunt new subjects!
WHEN the rain is coming down in buckets and the sun seems to have gone into hiding, grab your camera and start shooting! The weather’s perfect for pictures! Rain creates new compositions in everyday scenes and steps up the pace of all activity.
Sailboats skimming over the waves make fascinating picture subjects, but check military restrictions before shooting
WHETHER you’re a landlubber or experienced sailor, sailboats are an ideal subject for your camera. They have a pictorial quality that is almost unsurpassed and, in shooting them, you can combine the pleasure of sailing and photography. In addition, such pictures can still be taken if you heed military restrictions.
Nature provides an ideal setup for your camera—sets, props, and sun— and a few simple tricks enable you to get any lighting effect desired
IT'S EASY TO CONTROL YOUR LIGHTING
A TRICK FOR USING SUNLIGHT AND AN ERROR YOU CAN AVOID
IF I only had a nice large studio,” the amateur often says, “I could really make pictures.” Well, step outside of the house, and there it is! Few camera owners think of the great outdoors as a studio, but it is the finest and best equipped in the world.
HALLECK FINLEY WAS ASSIGNED TO MAKE PHOTOGRAPHS TO TELL A STORY
FOR TWENTY YEARS photographers tried to illustrate magazine fiction with a camera—and always emerged from their darkrooms with hands full of corn. The pictures looked like faked, posed, artificial shots. Finally McCall’s called upon Halleck Finley.
DESERT warfare has a tremendous impact upon the emotions of anyone seeing it for the first time. Its terrific fury and scope will stun anybody, especially the photographer who has set out to record it. And, having recovered from the initial shock, the photographer receives another one when he realizes the many difficulties confronting him.
Is there a camera in your family? Get it off the shelf, turn your kitchen into a part-time darkroom, and have fun
MARGARET A. TUCKER
SO YOUR husband has a camera? And is he a darkroom addict too? Perhaps he has had to curtail his photographic activities because of a warden’s job, a seat on the ration board, extra hours at the office or bench, or his Victory garden. Or perhaps your Johnny is already in Uncle Sam’s army and has laid aside his camera to pick up a gun.
EVERY NEWSPAPER and picture service in New York was trying frantically to obtain permission to cover the funeral of a very august church dignitary. Finally one syndicate received permission from the church authorities, with the understanding that the photographer would have to wear the robes of a priest, so that his presence would not mar the solemnity of the funeral.
With photography restricted on the Pacific Coast, Hollywood builds its own beaches
Protect Your Film!
FOR very good reasons having to do with defense, Uncle Sam doesn’t welcome photographers to his Pacific Coast beaches these days, although the beaches are still wide open for swimming and surfboarding. This represents no particular hardship on the general public, but it is a serious one for the Hollywood motion picture studios.
Want to experiment with a high-powered lens? You can build one for your 35mm camera from inexpensive parts
New Weston Ratings
HERBERT C. McKAY
EVERY dyed-in-the-wool camera fan likes to fool around with lenses, particularly those which can be used on the camera itself. Here, then, is a really powerful telephoto for miniature cameras that will provide you with hours of fun and possibly some of the most unusual pictures you have ever taken.
FROM THE THOUSANDS of battle photographs taken from bombers, warships, submarines, and in land actions since Pearl Harbor, 26 great U.S. war pictures have been collected by The Folmer Graflex Corporation in a new booklet published as a permanent record of some of the great moments of the present war.
JACK JANUARY, former St. Louis newspaper photographer, had a frontrow seat at the sinking of a German submarine by the U. S. Coast Guard cutter Spencer in the North Atlantic, and got some thrilling pictures of the battle. With three cameras ready just as the action broke, January, a boatswain’s mate on the cutter, started “shooting” as soon as the U-boat’s presence was detected and a pattern of depth charges was laid on the spot where it lurked.
This appealing photograph was taken by Constance Bannister with a 4×5 Graflex and 8¼" Goerz Dogmar f 6.8 lens. The exposure was 1/25 second at f 12 on Eastman Super Panchro-Press film. Miss Bannister had gone to Southampton, N. Y., for a few days rest and with no intention of taking pictures.
THESE exhibits are made up of the prize-winning pictures from POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S annual Picture Contests. They will be in your locality soon, so make certain that you see them. These Salons offer photographic enthusiasts an excellent opportunity for a get-together to argue and discuss their favorite hobby with fellow fans.
Suggestion Noted Dear Editor: Received your magazine today and enjoyed it as I do all of the other issues. In reading the article, “How to Make Your Own Editor-Splicer,” (August, 1943, page 66) I noticed that round-head screws were used to hold the splicer plate to the baseboard.
First, plan a simple movie scenario. Next, trim it down so that it fits a roll of film, and then go out and make a miniature movie
FILM may be so scarce that you can’t get more than one roll at a time, but don’t let that stop you from making movies! Simply use what film is available. In other words, make a miniature movie on that single roll. At first thought it seems impossible to picture anything of consequence in a film that has a running time of only a few minutes, but the opposite is true.
Why use a white cardboard or a sheet as a screen on which to project your Films when you can build a good one easily?
BRUCE W. McLAUGHLIN
SOME amateurs use a white wall for a screen on which to project their movies. Others hang a sheet from the ceiling for the purpose. Neither of these methods is entirely satisfactory, however, and the serious movie maker sooner or later turns his thoughts to acquiring a good movie screen.
Novel white-on-black movie titles can be made with the aid of ordinary chlorobromide enlarging paper, either 5×7 or 8×10 in size. First., write the title on a rectangle of glass the size of the largest negative your enlarger will take with regular retouching opaque or the purple ink used to write on glass slides.
WARRIORS OF THE SAHARA. 16 mm sound, black and white, $36. Available for rental. Bell & Howell Company, 1801 Larchmont Ave., Chicago, 111. Count Byron de Prorok, noted archaeoloist, author, and explorer, visits the famed, veiled Tauregs and discovers the long-sought tomb of the fabled Tin Hinan, white queen of the Sahara.
In filming scenes in slow-motion, why does the camera run FASTER than normally? ANSWER: TO get the effect of slow-motion it is necessary that individual frames have less variance, much less, than frames exposed at normal speed.
Sheet film can be numbered automatically by notching the inside edges of the bottom flaps of the holder so that wedge-shaped shadows are left when the film is exposed. Notching should be done with a sharp razor blade or knife. Use any code that you wish.
Popular Photography Salons Available For Exhibition
CAMERAS aimed at automobile graveyards, piles of ancient machinery, and activities of the Industrial Scrap salvage drive can earn for their owners not only War Bond prizes, but a feeling of aiding in the American war effort. The Business Press Industrial Scrap Committee, Room 1310, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N. Y., offers prizes of $50, $10, and $5 and 24 prizes of $1 in War Stamps for pictures to help publicize the gigantic collection of heavy scrap metal to make tanks, jeeps, Army trucks, invasion barges, and freighters.
F. A. R., York, Pa.—The idea back of this picture was excellent. It was an attempt to make a documentary picture, a field of photography that is too often neglected by amateurs. Around you everywhere, there are pictures of America at work and at play that await documentation by amateurs.
The 8-16 Movie Club, Norristown (Pa.) Cinema Club, and Philadelphia Cinema Club, are organizing an association of cinema clubs and a motion picture contest. They recently held an inter-club conference to settle details. All clubs having headquarters within a radius of seventy-five miles of Philadelphia are invited to enter the contest.
A SIDE from oxidation, mold growth is one of the most frequent causes of spoiled photographic solutions. Dilute solutions of glycerin, acetic acid, some developing agents, and other photographic chemicals frequently develop a mold growth within a few days after being prepared.
Slotted boards, or “silent partners,” designed for holding playing cards can be used for drying sheet film. The boards can be purchased for a nominal sum or can be built easily with a handsaw. To make your own, get two boards about a foot long, 1 inch thick, and 3 inches wide.
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.
ONE of the best ways of avoiding surface texture in copying prints on rough-surfaced papers is to place them under water. You can keep them flat by first soaking the print to be copied, and then placing it in the bottom of a dry tray. Fasten down the corners with cellulose tape, and then pour in enough water to cover it well.
Many times the safelight in your darkroom doesn’t furnish enough light for you to see when you want some equipment. A flashlight of the pencil type will serve this purpose. Before using it, however, place some red paper over the entire inside of the lens so that only a red glow shows.
CHINA, by Kwok Ying Fung. Published by Henry Holt and Company. Cloth bound, 9×12, 192 pages, illustrated, $5.00. An interpretation of his native country by a brilliant young Chinese-American, in words and pictures. For years Mr. Fung has collected pictures of China.