THE OTHER DAY we had lunch at a Swedish restaurant with a couple of Life photographers, and one of the conversational tidbits that turned up next the smörgasbord table was about the cameraman whose South Sea adventures are told in this month's lead story.
RALPH MORSE,25, has taken the best war pictures to date ...Hawaii at War...Doolittle’s epic take-off for Tokyo...and the battles on Guadalcanal
Was He Afraid?
Did He Use a Meter?
AT twenty-five, Ralph Morse, youngest of all the war news photographers, has been shot at by Japs in jungle ambush, grazed by flak in tropical skies, and dive-bombed, shelled, and torpedoed. After 14 months in the South Pacific where he underwent his trial by fire, air, and water, having survived the ordeal of a naval battle in which his ship was sunk, this baby star of Life’s crack camera staff and wartime press picture pool remains rosy-cheeked and cherubic, his irrepressible enthusiasm undampened by the nightmare of war with the Rising Sun.
A simple optical device now being perfected will make it possible to view black-and-white stills and movies in their original colors
SOMETHING new has been added to the world of color—something so revolutionary in concept that some experts refuse to credit its performance. The something new is the Iriscope, a color projection filter invented by Charles Arthur Birch-Field of New York City, a fine artist with an inquiring mind.
Famous people are not as shy of cameramen and picture-taking as they would have you believe
FOR the last 15 years, I have been interviewing and photographing world celebrities. There were movie stars, authors, diplomats, authentic and would-be prophets, crooks, heroes, politicians, scientists, and big-game and microbe hunters among them.
In this second of his new series, the author tells how to create interesting still-life pictures from simple objects
Composition Is an Act
MOVEMENT PATTERNS AS A BASIS FOR STILL-LIFE STUDIES
The Substance of Still Life
The Hand in Composition
EVERY camera owner who desires to advance from the snapshot stage soon realizes the importance of subject arrangement in his pictures. Last month we discussed various preliminary considerations involved in the peculiar problem of composition in photography.
Action and off-guard shots will help you to catch the wartime tempo of youth
JOHNNY, the lad who used to deliver your Sunday papers, is home on furlough from New Caledonia... the pretty little blonde next door is making honeymoon plans with her Marine . . . your kid sister is ecstatic about her first dance and the West-Pointer who is going to escort her.
MORE than a year ago, someone at Cleveland College began compiling lists of soldiers who craved letters. A notice on the college bulletin board invited students to sign up to write friends in the Army, but for several weeks, no one applied.
From "kid days" on, the son of the famous humorist has made photography his hobby. He divides his camera interest between still pictures and making home movies
REP. WILL ROGERS, JR., of California, likes people. That's the main reason for his interest in photography. He says, “I don’t give a darn about arty pictures. I want to catch people on the fly—as they really are.” His pictures are proof of the truth of that statement.
Glen Fishback's approach to photography's most difficult problem
THERE are many reasons why photography of the nude is one of the highest forms of art. There is beauty of line and curve, delicate gradations of light and shadow, in masterpieces of the nude that make them attractive to people. Curves are lovely, whether they are found in a meandering stream, the branches of a weeping willow, or in the graceful human form.
. . . with a box camera, using a supplementary lens and measuring the distance from camera to subject
"YOU mean to say that these portraits were taken with a box camera?" Yes, portraits or studies like those reproduced on this page are easy to make with a box camera. Any box camera will do. All it needs is two inexpensive gadgets to make it adaptable for this special use.
The story behind the photographs that won honors from art directors
SOME day somebody is going to send the word "art" to the cleaners, and when it comes back with the grime, corrosion, and barnacles removed nobody will recognize it— least of all the august members of the Art Directors Club. That simple three-letter word has been kicked around for years and, in the nation’s advertising agencies, has come to mean anything from a Degas to a haystack.
A FRIEND bought a camera, shot several rolls of film which didn’t come out very well, and finally came to me for advice. His prints revealed that he had toyed aimlessly with shutter speeds and apertures—in fact, he had four good prints from three rolls of film.
J. A. D., Chicago, Ill.—There’s a clever idea in this picture, although it might have been made more effective and humorous by turning the doll around so it was resting squarely on the foot and twisting its head so it looked at the camera.
Don’t resort to drastic surgery and damage the emulsion when there’s a good First Aid remedy in the family medicine chest
NORMAN R. KOHNFELDER
NO amateur photographer who takes pride in his work considers a print as finished until it is spotted, if there is a need for this treatment. Too often a portrait or other picture would be a fine piece of work except for a number of spots, both black and white, which stand out like the proverbial sore thumb.
LATEST ADDITION to the E. E. Miles line are the new Fotfolios designed to hold 5x7 and 8x10 enlargements. Attractively bound, they use the same quick-view gummed hinge method of mounting which is featured in all Fotofolios, and contain eight pages.
RAY PLATNICK, 26, U. S. Coast Guard photographer, has returned after being overseas seven months on North Atlantic duty. Before entering the service last October, Ray was photographer-in-chief of the newspaper PM. He’s a member of the famous family of photographic Platnicks of Hempstead, Long Island.
Victor B. Wells, Chicago, I11., took this picture with a 3¼x4¼ Speed Graphic and 5¼" Zeiss Tessar ƒ 4.5 lens. A 500-watt flood and small spotlight were used to light the subject, and the exposure was 1/25 second at ƒ 8 on Agfa Triple S Ortho.
Dear Editor: I have read every issue of your magazine and still have most of them. But to me, the September issue tops them all. Where have you been hiding the pictures of women photographers? They are some of the best I have seen in a long time.
There are only four simple steps in the process for making enlarged prints from year favorite 8mm or 16mm movie frames
HOW many times have you said to yourself as your favorite home movie was being projected, “Gee, I’d like to have an enlargement of that shot!” Well, if there’s a favorite scene among the frames in one of your movies, why not enlarge it. The method is simple and the results satisfactory, if you use a little care.
How the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces brings instruction to fliers via the screen
SGT. CHARLES T. MERTZ
THROUGH the dark of unfamiliar enemy terrain, a crippled Douglas Havoc was winging its way back from another successful raid. The echo of anti-aircraft could still be heard, while a speck of burning inferno in the far distant background distinctly marked the night’s success—another mission complete.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY will pay you from $3 to $5 for movie making ideas, hints, or kinks which you have worked out and found practical. We especially want ideas on picture taking, editing, and projection. Descriptions of home-built gadgets are also welcome.
RIDERS OF DEATH VALLEY, starring Dick Foran, Leo Carillo, Buck Jones, "Big Boy" Williams, Charles Bickford, and Jeanne Kelly. 16 mm, black and white, sound. 30 reels. Available for rental. Bell & Howell Company, 1801 Larchmont Ave., Chicago 13, III.
A special consultation service designed to aid civilian and military study of foreign areas has been instituted by Brandon Films, Inc., 1600 Broadway, New York City. Mrs. Anne Schutzer has been appointed to head the new service which will issue special comprehensive lists of films for foreign area study.
Associate Membership Group Unique Among Camera Clubs
Akron Camera Club Sponsors School of Photography
Uses of Photography in Science
Victory Garden Pictures
Lenses and Bromoils Explained to California C. C.
Toledo Group Plans Print Night Innovation
We Hear ...
Clubs discussing methods of judging salon pictures may be interested in the methods used by judges of the Fifth Annual Salon of Rockefeller Center Camera Club (New York City) and the Seattle International Salon. In judging the Rockefeller Center Salon, each judge was equipped with a fan-like arrangement of cards numbered from 1 to 9 and made of mount, stock 8" long and 2" at the widest part.
When coloring photographs, amateurs often have difficulty in placing their brushes so that they don’t roll all over the table and smear up the surface. A few jacks, the kind that children play with, will take care of that situation easily. The jacks have V-shaped grooves in which the brush tips can be rested to keep them off your work bench.
I wish to copy a typed document and am worried about the contrast that will result, as the typing was done with a blue ribbon. Will a filter help? ANSWER: Yes. You can get good contrast by using a red filter and a panchromatic film. Can anyone submit prints to the photographic salons which are held in different cities throughout the country?
THERE are many times when photographers are confronted with prints that require considerable manipulation, such as the rubbing of a face or highlight with the finger to bring it out more or the swabbing of certain portions of the pictures with undiluted developer.
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.
THE photographer who carries a heavy camera case for long periods of time often finds that the handle of the case, which is generally of the flat-strap variety, is not particularly kind on the hands. The edges of the strap cut into the palm or fingers.
BUSINESS PRESS INDUSTRIAL SCRAP COMMITTEE, Room 1310, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, offers an unusual opportunity for photographers to aid the war effort by helping to publicize the collection of heavy scrap metal. Salvaged metals are needed to make armaments of war.