WHEN a press photographer takes to the open road, the chances are many to one that he'll bump head-on into a story somewhere a1ong the way. Recently Stanley Popiel, Woonsocket (R. I.) Call staff photographer, was on his way to a photo assignment in Montreal, Canada.
BILL VANDIVERT was in Pittsburgh for two weeks to shoot coal mines for Fortune. He spent half of his time carefully laying out his work and making arrangements. On a Saturday night, he and DAVID EISENDRATH were sitting at dinner in a restaurant when a newsboy brought in papers with big headlines: “Lewis Orders Mines Shut Monday.”
Here are some more happy little sketches by Popko, guaranteed to amuse if not completely confuse you as to which is the right answer and which the wrong. Read the question carefully, and read all of the given answers. Then, with your pencil, put a check in the box before the number of the right answer.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY'S Traveling Saons, which are made up of the prizewinning pictures entered in our picture contests, are available free of charge for exhibit at libraries, museums, department stores, banks, public utility offices, or any other organization or institution open to the public.
LAST month we opened this column with the statement that in photography the ultimate goal is the finished picture. Lest the uninitiated get the impression that pictorialists knock themselves out in reaching this goal, we hasten to add a few remarks about the main road, with its many fascinating byways, that leads to the final print.
There's an unsuspected world of bizarre beauty to be seen in Nature's cast-off toys. Collect them; practice a new type of photoyraphy
SEA, SAND, AND SUN, summer vacation at the shore, days of restful laziness, of loafing with a purpose: relaxation. We explore the countryside, discover beaches and coves, watch the waves roll in and go out again leaving their deposits on the shore.
Modern color films present no bugaboos to the thoughtful worker. Enjoy the exciting new vistas they open to gou
SUGGESTED METER SETTINGS
Illumination for Color
RIGHT AND WRONG WAYS OF LIGHTING FOR REST RESULTS IN COLOR
Tungsten color films
OPENING new and exciting vistas, present-day color films bring to all the opportunity to shoot gorgeous full color transparencies of the subjects we’ve always wanted to keep fresh on film. In days past, some of us photographers—we may as well admit it— ducked our entry into fascinating color photography because deep inside we weren’t certain that we were up to its more exacting demands.
Take a camera out at night— those hours after the sun has set can be the time for some of the best shots you’ve ever made
AN AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER friend recently remarked to me that he had about run out of picture subjects, and wished that he could get a chance to visit some of the places he had never been, and spend some time taking pictures there. This is but another example of “the grass is always greener in the other fellow’s yard,” and verifies my contention that there is a definite lack of imagination on the part of many amateur photographers.
There is an emulsion tailor-made for almost any requirement. Here is how to select the film for the job
READY REFERENCE FILM SELECTION CHART
WHAT FILM would you use to make a portrait of your wife, a copy of a map, and a stop-action picture of a basketball game? You might use the same film for all, but the chances are you’d be disappointed if you did. The truth of the matter is that no single film can give the best possible negatives of all the many different subjects that come before your camera’s lens.
Jet-propelled photo planes get sharp photographs at extreme high speeds
HOW THE FP-80 SHOOTS MAPS
IMAGINE shooting a picture while traveling at a speed of more than 500 miles an hour, and still getting no camera movement, with negatives scalpel-sharp, revealing minute detail comparable to that obtained by using a solid tripod on the ground—and one shot every two seconds!
Prints have greater appeal when they are made in appropriate colors instead of black and white
Gold chloride blue toning
TONING is one of the important phases of the enlarging procedure, with which we can greatly improve the final results of our photography. Through toning we can change the over-all tone (color) of our print. Some of the toners work by chemically changing the pure silver image of our print into a silver compound which has a different color.
TO MAKE INTERESTING THINGS beautiful" is the photographic philosophy of Suzanne Szasz, attractive Hungarian photographer, whom we introduce this month as a newcomer to the American scene. Coming from Budapest a little more than a year ago with her husband, who is financial councilor to the Hungarian legation at Washington, Mrs. Szasz, who knows, may add her name to the impressive list of her countrymen—like Robert Capa, Gjon Mili, and Martin Munkacsi—who have won renown with their cameras in this country.
Author, technician, photographer to Napoleon III, Andre Disdéri first turned photography into big business
EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER TODAY owes a great debt to a short and pudgy man with a bald head and huge black beard. Yet few know his name or the part he played in making photography a vital phase of our daily lives. André Adolph Eugène Disdéri, singlehandedly, created an immense demand for photographs that swept Europe, crossed over to England, and finally reached America at the time of the’Civil War. Previously the only type of camera work that had any popular sale was the daguerreotype.
SECOND CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
ABOVE ALL, and more than anything else, summer time is camera time, the opportunity to spend those warm, relaxed days, and unlighted hours in the out of doors taking pictures. For remember, at no other time of year are the photographic subjects so varied, the light so brilliant, and opportunities for good pictures so much within the reach of every photographer.
I ONCE READ a book on photography and it said, “In many cases the photographer will have to use his own ingenuity to solve his problems.” Truer words were never spoken. Take the problem of setting up the camera to keep the horizon straight, for example.
Your outdoor pictures will improve if you employ this reflector us a fill-in light
JOHN J. HORTON
FOR outdoor shooting in the summertime, a small reflector will do wonders in improving your pictures and give you results that you would think could only be achieved by lugging around assorted back-breaking equipment for your fill-in lighting.
A MOVIE EDITOR designed with a projector-type mechanism to provide continuous action without flicker is the Franklin President Editor announced by Camera Specialty Company of New York. The movies are viewed on a recessed screen bright enough to be seen in the average lighted room.
The introductory photograph in this month’s picture section is certainly geared to summer's tempo, and makes one wish that he or she were there in that warm water, too. For this picture, de Dienes used a Rolleiflex, Eastman Super XX film, a medium yellow filter and an exposure of 1/300 at ƒ 11.
More than 1200 persons are expected to attend the 1947 Convention and Trade Show of the National Association of Visual Education Dealers, which will take place at the Sherman Hotel, Chicago, August 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1947. Detailed plans for the convention are announced by NAVED President Bernard A. Cousino.
The Institute of Design, in Chicago, has named Serge Chermayeff, as its new president and director to replace the late L. Moholy-Nagy. Chermayeff, since 1942 Professor of Architecture and chairman of the Department of Design at Brooklyn College, was at one time in partnership in England with Erich Mendelsohn.
The price of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers’ book, “Technique of Motion Picture Production,” inadvertently listed as $2.50 on page 120 of the April 1947 issue of 'POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY is $4.50.
THE PULITZER PRIZE for the best news picture of the year, as everyone by now should have forgotten, went to Arnold Hardy, 25-year-old amateur photographer, for his grab shot of a woman hurtling to her death from the blazing Hotel Winecoff in Atlanta, Ga.
The photographer, Neil A Duncan, is looking for a suite - preferable 3 rooms cr more - for himself and his wife who is coming over from England shortly, Maybe you or your friends have & clue as to where I might find one in the next 3 Months? keep this card and if you bear the foggiest rumor, please phone and leave message at my home - Phone: 72654 or office - Phone: 92736.
The advanced photography students of the Graphic Arts Department, Tucson Senior High School, Tucson, Arizona, presented their Third Annual Salon of Photography recently. The judges pinned blue ribbons to the works of Ralph Roberts for first place in all three of the classifications, People, Portraits, and NonPeople.
Winner of grand prize in the $1000 WJZ Amateur Farm Photo Contest, is the photograph titled “Gramp”—a sensitive portrait study of rural character—taken and submitted by John H. Vondell, assistant professor of poultry husbandry at Massachusetts State College of Agriculture, Amherst, Mass., it is announced by Phil Alampi, Radio Station WJZ (New York).
The Condé Nast Publications have announced the winners of their first Art and Photography Contest for students in high schools, colleges, and specialized schools. John Robinson, 17, of Sandy Star Route, Utah, won first prize, consisting of a year’s job in one of the publications’ art departments or $2,000 to be applied on further art training.
A comprehensive photographic exhibit of the recent Academy Awards show, depicting the entire presentation, is being prepared by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for display in the Library of Congress at the request of John G. Bradley, director of the motion, picture division.
THERE are many different kinds of photographers and I am not referring to the usual classification of professional and amateur or commercial, news, magazine, free-lance, etc. I am thinking of the different kinds, all of whom consider themselves under the general heading of amateurs—those who belong to camera clubs like yours and mine.
Any home movie deserves good titles. Add even more zest by working in some of these clever trick devices
NO AMATEUR MOVIE is complete —whether it be a scant 50-foot reel of your girl friend, or a 400foot reel covering a vacation trip—until it has been titled carefully. Granted that, as the experts claim, any title placed in the film after the lead title is an admission of lack of complete picturization, few of us have the ability, time, or money necessary to make our pictures so complete that subtitles are not necessary.
WITH travel still a bit on the hectic side, amateur movie makers can be heard moaning about how there's little or nothing worth shooting around home. That’s not so. Now is the time for you to take advantage of nearby attractions you may have overlooked or ignored heretofore, and at the same time build up a collection of family footage you’ll always prize.
Baseball fans aren’t the only amateur movie makers in the big leagues. Here are two well-known St. Louis Cardinal players, pitcher Howie Pollet, left, and outfielder Erv Dusak using their personal 8 mm cameras. In this case they are making a movie record of the American and National League notables who attended the dedication of a new ball park in St. Petersburg, Fla.
THE WHEELS TURN AGAIN. I reel, 10 minutes, 16 mm sound. English or French commentary. Rental $1.25; sale $28. A. F. Films, Inc., 1600 Broadway, New York 19, N. Y. The end of the war brought new problems to France which needed to he solved before France could resume her place in the community of nations.
Research and production offices of Encyclopaedia Britannica Films are officially open in the former First National Bank Building of Wilmette, Illinois, as the entire production and research staffs of the educational motion picture producers complete their move from New York City.
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. 17th Midland Salon of Photography. On exhibition July 7 to July 31, Borough Art Gallery, Mansfield, Notts, England. 3rd Salt Lake International Color Slide Exhibit, Salt Lake Chromites.
ANY amateur knows that color film is at its best only when it has been exposed properly. Just what constitutes correct exposure has been a matter of controversy for a long time, but one thing seems to be clear: the hightlights in the picture must be bright.
The Photographers' Association of America will hold its 56th annual convention from August 25 to 29, inclusive, at the Hotel Stevens, Chicago, 111. Highlights of the meeting are exhibits, portrait and commercial programs, clinics, and entertainment.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF HENRI CARTIERBRESSON, by Lincoln Kirstein and Beaumont Newhall. Published by The Museum of Modern Art, II West 53rd Street, New York 19, N. Y. Board bound, 7 3/4xlO1/4, 56 pages, illustrated, $2. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work is a documentation, not only of various persons and events, not merely of the war, but of the significance of our whole epoch.
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Considerable planning and effort enabled the Camera Club of Bay Ridge (Brooklyn, N. Y.) to put across a nice deal recently for one of the local charities. Arranging to hang its 1947 salon in the auditorium of the Kings County Lighting Company, the club charged 35 cents admission, the proceeds going to the Bay Ridge Nursery.
How research has speeded development of a new oil-burning gas-turbine engine is told in this picture of two types of fuel atomizers—nozzles used to spray oil into the combustion chamber of the turbine —made on a 4x5 Linhof camera with two high speed lights behind the spray and set to flash at 1/10,000 second.
GRAFLEX, INC., Rochester 8, N. Y., announces the $5900 Third Graflex Photo Contest. Closing Oct. 1, 1947, the 1947 contest is divided into the following groups: A, teen-age photographers; B, non-professional photographers; C, professional photographers; color section, open to all groups of photographers.