THE National Press Photographers Association held its first convention recently in Atlantic City, attended by delegates from ten regions. The meeting was presided over by Joseph Costa, president. Other national officers are Charles Mack, News of the Day, Washington, D. C., treasurer, and Burt Williams, Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, secretary.
“CAMERA ANGLES,” a Technicolor short released by Warner Brothers, really glorifies some of the ASMP’s West Coast members. And no wonder, since it was produced and directed by GENE LESTER. In the picture, EARL THEISEN, on assignment for Look, shows what he can do with a model named Hedy Lamarr.
EDWARD STEICHEN, one of the most imposing figures in modern photography, has capped a long and productive career with his appointment as Director of the Department of Photography in New York’s Museum of Modern Art on July 15. Most recently Steichen was a USNR captain in command of all Navy combat photography.
Here’s another set of photographic puzzlers, helpfully complicated by Popko’s inimitable illustrations. Pick up your pencil, sharpen your wits, and see how high a score you can make on this month’s Pix Quiz. Remember to put a check in the box before the correct answer, and when you have completed the quiz, you can find the correct answers on page 140.
WE WERE thinking about photography in a general sort of way one August afternoon while lying in the shade of a tree in a park near home and watching the cameras go by—cameras of every type and in every price class—in the hands of eager youngsters, happy couples, serious-minded youths, adults of all ages.
Fun and profit abound for the air-minded photographer whether he owns a plane, dies the airlines, or just kibitzes about airports, Most any camera is adequate
IT WAS my first time up. The little Piper Cub bumped uncertainly in the thin, hot air. With as much uncertainty, I thrust my 3A Kodak from the open side of the plane and let fly at the city below with a broadside of ƒ 7.7, 1/50 second exposures. The film, of course, was the old NC.
Don't let meager darkroom facilities discourage you—here is the story of an amateur who makes prize prints in his pint-sized bathroom-darkroom
M. E. TOBIAS
I LIVE IN an apartment where I have neither space nor facilities for a photographic darkroom. Thus, by necessity, if I choose to be a photo-hobbyist, I must make out with the best arrangement possible. In my case, that happens to be the bathroom.
Best collegiate pictures of the year are chosen from 691 entered in University of Missouri's national photographic contest
QUICK and decisive, fairminded and accurate in their picture judgment, Edward Steichen, Wilson Hicks, executive editor of Life, and Joe Sprague,, of Graflex, Inc., eliminated photograph after photograph from the Second Annual National Collegiate Photography Exhibition held at the University of Missouri this past May.
Although your darkroom solutions go down the drain after they are used, foresight and care during purchase, preparation, and use will help you to avoid waste
S.P.A. STARTED ON WEST COAST
TO EXPEND, says Webster, is to consume by use in any way. And that’s why darkroom supplies such as film, paper, and chemicals are known as expendables: they are meant to be “expended” and, after having served their purpose, they usually are thrown away.
Beware of that insidious silver deposit that can affect the quality of your finest negatives
LLOYD E. VARDEN
SOME pictorial photographers go out of their way—like getting up before daybreak to make exposures—just to get fog in their negatives. This early morning mist, that lends so much to aerial perspective qualities in a photograph, is a different fog from the type of fog on negatives that is to be considered here.
LIKE the three-ring circus that it is, the photography show is never out and never over for the fan. And one of the sideshows which offers more surprises than a cage filled with monkeys is solarization, which, although intriguing, may seem too complex for the amateur to undertake.
Here are the ten chemicals most frequently used by the darkroom worker who prefers to compound his own processiny solutions
ALUMINUM POTASSIUM SULFATE
CHROMIUM POTASSIUM SULFATE
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate
Chromium Potassium Sulfate
AMBASSADOR IS MOVIE FAN
NOTES ON SODIUM CARBONATE
CONTRIBUTE TO BRITANNICA
CARL J. SPINAIELLI
IN THE complex chemistry that has long since become the mere routine of darkroom practice, that portion of the sensitive photographic emulsion that has been exposed to light is converted into a black (metallic silver) image. Those who undertake to perform this now simplified yet always amazing bit of darkroom wizardry will find here an introduction to the chemicals employed in compounding the commonly used processing solutions.
Here’s expert advice on mounting your pictures, whether you choose rubber cement, paste, or tissue
PROPER mounting greatly improves the appearance of any enlargement. We will have to mount our good enlargements almost without exception. We usually mount them on mat boards (available at photo or art supply stores), but we also can use any other suitable material.
PROFESSIONALS ALONE DO NOT COMMAND THE FIELD OF FINE PHOTOGRAPHY. THERE ARE MANY IN THE AMATEUR RANKS WHOSE ABILITY PUTS THEM IN THE FOREFRONT. COMPARE THESE PICTURES, AND TRY TO GUESS THEIR ORIGIN—AMATEUR OR PROFESSIONAL
PHOTOGRAPHY has reached the point where often the only difference between an amateur photographer and a professional photographer is that the professional uses his camera to earn his livelihood, and the amateur can pick his photographic project and shoot to please himself.
This simple darkroom trick offers the means of saving many a print that otherwise should be discarded
UNEVEN exposure of certain negatives often makes them difficult to print. This is especially true in pictures taken into the light source and in some flash shots. A near object, such as the white cake in a wedding reception shot, may be overexposed in relation to the rest of the picture and thus print very light because of its extreme negative density.
ARE you envious of the full-tone prints exhibited by commercial photographers? Would you like to have your pictures show the complete range from rich black to white? The construction of this simple and inexpensive spot densitometer will prove a valuable aid in achieving the goal of excellent print quality.
HOW many times have you looked over the pictures gracing these Forecast pages and said to yourself something to the effect that you’ve done as well or better. Perhaps you have and perhaps you haven’t, but have you sent your pictures in to us? Have you given us an opportunity to appraise your photographs and measure them against the many that do arrive?
FEATURING A DEMOUNTABLE speaker mounted on the front of the projector during operation, the new Victor “Lite-Weight” 16 mm sound motion picture projector weighs only 33 lbs. complete and thus is especially adaptable for use in home, classroom, or office.
Faust N. Aurisy, an amateur, is responsible for the lamp-post picture made near the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Aurisy follows the habit of carrying his camera with him, and is continually on the watch for backlighted subjects such as this. Made with a Kodak 35, Eastman Plus-X film, a medium yellow filter, Aurisy’s picture required an exposure of 1/200 at ƒ 16.
RECENTLY I told about some of the past adventures which have made this hobby of ours such a pleasure for me, both in the enjoyment of being out with a camera at the right time and in the results that were obtained. This month I would like to say something about what I hope to experience one day in the future.
HUNDRED THOUSAND EXPOSURES by E. O. Hoppe. Published by The Focal Press, London. Distributed in America by the Pitman Publishing Company, New York. Cloth bound, 5x7½ 229 pages, illustrated, $3. Whoever seeks success in photographyought to pause for a moment in his search for the ideal camera, the secret developing agent, and the latest printing trick.
All-important continuity depends on hour you integrate your story-telling sequences
HUMANE SOCIETY WINNERS NAMED
"TAKE CARE of the sequence, and continuity will take care of itself.” This is a movie-making adage that every amateur should learn—or relearn, and abide by. Simply stated, a sequence consists of introducing some bit of action in a key scene, and bringing it to a logical conclusion through a number of additional shots.
AMERICAN LEGION—NEW YORK. Available in two 8 mm editions and three 16 mm editions including sound from Photographic Dealers. A Castle Film. The colorful jamboree of thousands of Legionnaires who descended upon New York City for their biggest annual convention since the end of the war is covered in a special News Parade release from Castle Films.
IN MAKING pictures with the movie camera we usually shoot what interests us. There does not seem to be any reason to do anything else. But how often our reels are just a hodgepodge. Sure, they are interesting to us and we inflict them on our friends.
A warning sign that flashes to indicate the darkroom is in use can be made with cardboard cut-out letters and a homemade safelight. Nail some strips of halfinch picture molding to the lamp house box to hold the sign. Fasten a socket in the box and insert a flasher and a red or green bulb.
I USUALLY use Kodachrome in my 35 mm Weltini, but recently I found it necessary to shoot some black and white photographs. Faced with the problem of making enlargements from the negatives and not having access to a standard enlarger, I looked around for another method to enlarge my 35 mm negatives.
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. 35th Salon International D’Art Photographique De Paris. On exhibition October 25 to November 9. 1st Canadian Telephone International Salon of Photography*, Bell Camera Club of Montreal.
International Slide Show to be Projected in Chicago
Michiganders Going Strong
Australian Clubber to Bring Movies and Slides to the States
Reorganization in Honolulu
Fotoelan Member Uses Pinhole Camera for Color
Program Interest Guaranteed!
Change of Club Name
Yanks, British Swap Prints
Oklahoma Club Offers Cash for Best Convention Shots
Club Helps Cancer Fund
International Portfolios Being Sponsored by PSA
Public projection of slides accepted for the Fourth Chicago International Color Slide Exhibit will take place at 7:45 p.m. on September 30 and October 1, 2, and 3, at the Chicago Historical Society. Many associates (out-of-town members) of Chicago Color Camera Club, which sponsors the show, are expected to be on hand, and are urged to register and make themselves known.
THE most common method of obtaining a sepia tone on photographic prints is the conversion of the silver image to a silver sulfide image. There are a number of procedures for accomplishing this, including the old faithful hypo-alum treatment, various proprietary toners, and the bleach-redevelopment process.
GRAFLEX, INC., Rochester S, N. Y., announces the $5000 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.