“DEATH Clicks the Camera” might be a fitting title for one of the war’s greatest combat photographs, an airview showing Jap-held Rabaul harbor under attack by American torpedo and divebomber planes, for Photographer’s mate first class Paul T. Barnett of Corpus Christi, Tex., lost his life in taking the picture.
THERE IS A movie theater in Chicago, named the “Esquire,” that has not only abolished the double feature menace, but has added a nice change of pace to its cinema program: a gallery for photographic shows. The other day we spent a grand half hour looking at Jane Edwards’ lively baby pictures and came away talking about “More theaters should have a gallery like this.
PETTY neighborhood prejudices came to the attention of the young members of the Midwood Movie Makers Club —and thus was born their determination to do something about it—on film. As a result, the sound movie, Peace on the Home Front, was written, cast, directed, acted, filmed, and edited by this group of students and their advisers in Midwood High School, Brooklyn, N. Y., to improve interfaith and interracial harmony among the youngsters and among their parents.
Keeping these rules in mind every time you take a picture will be worth just as much as equipping a precision instrument with complicated gadgets
THREE QUIZ QUESTIONS
RULE 1-SELECT A SIMPLE BACKGROUND
RULE 2—FIND AN INTERESTING SHOOTING ANGLE
RULE 3-HAVE YOUR SUBJECT DO SOMETHING INTERESTING AND NATURAL
THESE PEOPLE TOOK THE TEST
AMATEUR photographers bother me just as they do everyone else. When one of those shutter-happy jeeps leans over my shoulder and breathes down my neck with such a gem as “Bud, only a fool would think of taking that without a green G-9 filter,” kind soul that I am, I usually smile and explain—for his own good—that if he had the kind of hyperturret meter with a metafocal flange calculator that I have, he just wouldn’t have to worry about apertures, speeds, focusing, or anything.
Robert Yarnall Richie puts his arms, legs, eyes, patience, originality, and his own airplane to use in making industrial shots
SCOTCH TAPE HOLDS FILM ENDS
“WHAT do you need to become an industrial photographer?” Robert Yarnall Richie stared thoughtfully at the canary-yellow model of his Culver Cadet monoplane occupying center place on his desk. “A thousand arms and legs and eyes would be pretty helpful.
Photograph the Negro's laughter and tears, his work and success, but do it purposefully
MAKING ROUND-CORNERED PRINTS
PETER JAMES SAMERJAN
I LIKE dark models. I like to photograph the Negro. Oh, not as a steady diet; no one cares to limit pictures to a single group, no matter how colorful and interesting it may be. But it always is refreshing and stimulating to return, after doing work of other kinds, to dark laughter and dark tears.
Unexpected opportunities for rare camera studies exist when the sun is low
Too early or too late for picture taking is a condition which should not exist for the ambitious photographer. In fact, you are likely to find some of the most pictorial conditions you ever dreamed of during the hours you have learned to consider too early or too late in the day to find good-subject matter for your camera.
This wonder lab on the Potomac makes use of every phase of photography—stills, movies, color, sound
JOSEPH A. BORS
A MAMMOTH photographic laboratory geared to the tempo and needs of a modern global war has sprouted upon the banks of the Potomac within sight of the nation’s capital under the guiding hand of the Navy’s bureau of Aeronautics, Division of Photography.
Photographic copies have many uses and can be made even with simple equipment. Take advantage of this technique, explained here step by step
Equipment for Copying
Negative Materials for Copying
ONE of the most valuable applications of the photographic process is copying. It can be put to so many practical uses that sooner or later you will want to make use of the technique. The work is not difficult once you understand the routine procedure.
Here are everyday pictures people take just to please themselves. For news photos, which try to catch this idea on a large scale, see page 44
FIFTY-SIX years ago George Eastman marketed his first Kodak, a clumsy contraption, which was sold loaded with a hundred potential negatives. When the hundredth exposure was made, the pioneer snapshooter shipped the camera back to Rochester, N. Y., where the pictures were processed and the camera reloaded and returned to the customer.
Here, in contrast with the snapshot kind of human interest photos, is the professional newspaperman’s idea of pictures that people like to look at
AS YOU have been turning the pages of this Salon Section you have been looking at one kind of human interest pictures—snapshots by Somebody’s Cousin. There is another kind, too—newspictures by professional newspaper cameramen—and some of these are shown on this and the next five pages.
COLOR photography is finding itself. It is coming into its own. This profound truth was demonstrated recently at the First International Color Slide Salon, held at Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. Sponsored jointly by the Chicago Area Color Camera Club, the Color Division of the Photographic Society of America, and the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association, the Salon received over 3,000 slides as entries to be judged in several classifications.
J. J. B., Carbondale, Pa. — This cat picture has a lot of appeal but it just misses the boat. Since you have two important objects of interest in the picture—the cat and the fishbowl—they must be tied together in some way or else they become two separate pictures instead of one.
ANSWER : Reversal movie film, through the method in which it is developed, is "reversed” from a negative to a positive, for projection, in contrast to rollfilm, which remains in negative form.
Why is it that even though two subjects are side by side under a common source of illumination they may require different exposures for best results? ANSWER: This is because a photograph is made by light reflected from the subject, not by the light which strikes the subject
Dear Editor: The magazine came as a great surprise to me—a pleasurable one at that—very. The color portrait by Nelson Morris is a handsome job, and his article is most generous—a lovely spirit. congratulations all around. ALFRED STIEGLITZ An American Place NWE YORK N. Y.
All photographs submitted for this department should be accompanied by technical data, and the sender's name and address must appear on the back of each print. We will return them only if sufficient postage is enclosed. This picture by Frank Nemeyer, New York, N.Y., took second prize in the Stuyvesant High School Camera Club contest.
COMPLETION of a new movie processing laboratory, equipped to handle over 1,000 reels a day, has been announced by the Weimet Company, 75 West 45th St., New York 19, N. Y., after months of delay due to war conditions.
Large wads of ordinary hospital cotton placed over prints in the hypo tray will keep them submerged and will offset the usual tendency of prints, particularly those on double-weight stock, to float. Such procedure allows the solution to reach the emulsion even when it is necessary for you to be away from the darkroom for several minutes.
Bradley Smith of New York City says that the story of this picture is simple—Rolleiflex, 1/250 of a second at f 11 in bright day sun. He shot from the top of a public health truck. The public health nurse had just started to throw a number of vaccination pamphlets into the group—they were all anxious to be vaccinated.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Traveling Salons, which are made up of the prize-winning pictures from our annual Picture Contests, are available free of charge for exhibit at libraries, museums, department stores, banks, Army camps, USO Centers, or any other organization or institution open to the public.
Just a reminder that there’s more than one way to shoot every scene.
AS most movie makers are aware, there are five basic shots in making films: the long shot, medium long shot, medium shot, semi-closeup, and the closeup. Some amateurs, however, do not use these shots to good advantage or often enough. Many films have little variation in the distance of camera to subject and consequently are boring.
POT O' GOLD. 16 mm sound, 8 reels. $17.50. Available from Bell & Howell Co., 1801 Larchmont Ave., Chicago 13, III. Light-hearted nonsense intermingled with equal quantities of hit tunes predominate in this film starring James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, and Horace Heidt. Mr. Stewart Plays a happy-go-lucky nephew of a rich manufacturer of health foods and finds romance and adventure on the air waves.
SURGERY THROUGH THE AGES, by Lejaren á Hiller. Published by Hastings House. Cloth bound, 8¼xl0¼ 177 pages, illustrated. $3.50. Edition limited to 5,000. Eveiyone is familiar with the work of Lejaren á Hiller and here is a chance to see 70 of his pictures gathered into a single volume.
Under the sponsorship of an employee recreation council, the Argus Camera Club has reorganized, and looks forward to a year of frequent exhibitions and lectures on photography. Composed of workers in Argus’ Ann Arbor, Mich., plants, the club already has turned out some fine work.
O.P.A. Sets Up Ceiling Prices on Cameras and equipment
DOLLY FOR A STILL CAMERA
THE O.P.A. issued on March 6 a ceiling price regulation covering all retail sales of used cameras and all other used photographic equipment. Its Maximum Price Regulation 516 became effective on April 6 and set dollars-andcents ceilings on about 315 of the most generally sold items.
Howling gales that push down the mercury in the thermometer to fifty below zero do not interfere with work of military photographers stationed in Arctic regions. They are equipped with immersion heaters to keep photographic solutions from freezing.
CIGAR INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, INC., 185 Madison Ave., New York 16, N. Y., 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.