THESE may be days of peace, but the news cameramen are finding themselves in some war-reminiscent situations on the world’s widely separated fronts. In the recent riots in Paris when the communists and police clashed in a bloody battle, several cameramen found themselves the targets of the mob, were beaten badly, and several days later the rest decided to wear aluminum helmets when they went to work covering the meeting of the National Assembly in Paris.
CAPA’S FABLES. When ROBERT CAPA and John Steinbeck came back from their trip through Europe and Russia, Capa talked to Jerry Mason, of This Week magazine. Mason asked if he had any good anecdotes of their trip which might be worked up into an article.
Here is another edition of our monthly Pix-Quiz, accompanied by the usual set of Popko illustrations designed to amuse and confuse. Sharpen a fresh pencil, concentrate, and try for a high score on this new edition of our question and answer game.
A novel method of photographic instruction was introduced on the Eastern seaboard recently. The first in a series of planned forums was held at Washington Irving High School, New York, under the auspices of the New York Sun. Judging from the number of written questions, everyone got a lot out of it.
The Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association is the sponsor of one of the most comprehensive photographic exhibits ever planned in the East. The affair will be housed in the New York Museum of Science and Industry, and will continue throughout the month of February.
IT OCCURRED to us some time ago that more youngsters should be introduced to photography at an early age as a means of developing their appreciation for beauty, color, and composition. The idea first came to mind as we watched a group of nursery school children busy at finger painting one afternoon.
IT HAS BEEN reported recently that there are 22,000,000 amateur still cameras and 750,000 amateur motion picture cameras now in use. And the amateur accounts for only a fraction of the business of photography. On the whole, they are well provided with materials, but there are still shortages.
THERE is no more direct method of learning photographic technique than the practice of making still-life pictures. Good technique is simply application of skill gained by actual experience. The photographer must use his equipment until he is thoroughly familiar with it and knows approximately what results to expect from it.
Using two white aprons as material, the author shows that the secret of effective costuming lies in imagination
A FREQUENT complaint of amateur pictorialists is the lack of interesting costume material. Models can be found by a little diligent observation—your stenographer may be a perfect Velasquez (in addition to her more practical talents), the waitress at your favorite luncheon spot may look like an Italian madonna, and your wife or girl friend may suggest a Petty girl or something by Dali, as the case may be.
Here is an informative article on making winter pictures by a famous photographer who has been shooting snow scenes for over three decades
WHEN nature is covered with a white blanket, and when sunlight and shadows combine to create an appearance of beauty in the otherwise dreariest of places, what better time to make good pictures? Winter shots are among the easiest to make, and year by year are gaining in popularity.
CHANCES are most readers of this magazine have neither seen nor heard of, much less made, an Aurichrome miniature. Yet they are such charming decorations for the home—for keepsakes and for gifts—that I’m sure many of you will want to try your hand at them.
The author tells you how to make effective flash portraits, and diagrams his lighting setups SO you can follow them easily
General subject arrangement
Directing the expression
CARL J. SPINATELLI
PRIMARY among the preoccupations of the budding photographer, after having acquired a camera, is that of making a portrait. After all, he has read or has been told time out of mind that this is such a simple matter. One turns on some light, adjusts some camera settings, makes an exposure and after depositing the film on the counter of the corner drug store, all that remains is the short wait filled with burning anxiety, in expectation for a production which is brightly and optimistically envisioned as a "significant character study."
Making a good negative is only one step on the road to a true high-keg print. Last month we learned to take the picture; here are darkroom tricks that will help us in finishing it
A GOOD subject, proper lighting, and correct exposure do not guarantee an effective high-key print. After the shutter has been tripped there still remain several important steps which can make or break the picture. Last month we discussed the factors to be considered in arranging the set-up and making the exposure.
HERE IS THIS MONTH'S PICTURE SECTION, WHERE EACH PHOTOGRAPH TELLS A TALE AND PROVES THE ADAGE THAT SAYS A PICTURE IS WORTH TEN THOUSAND WORDS
WHEN it comes to telling a story, whether filled with tears or laughter, even the best efforts of writers and raconteurs can be put to shame by a good photographer. Story-telling pictures are rich in content, but making them demands a good deal from the photographer.
Eighty-one phases of photography are regulated by the American Standards Association
BEFORE discarding the carton and wrapping from the next roll of film you buy, examine the slip of paper inside. There you will find a chart of exposure indexes and below it you will find a few lines of fine type reading somewhat as follows: “These indexes are intended for meters using ASA exposure indexes . . . the daylight exposure indexes are determined by the method specified by the American Standards Association.”
Tabletops, still lifes, portraits, are all yours with a few inexpensive lenses
IF YOUR sole ambition is to take good close-up photographs, and your sole piece of equipment is a box camera, don’t lose heart—it can be done. Not only can it be done, but it can be done cheaply and easily, and the final results can be a source of pride to you.
A pictorial record of your children through the years will require patience, persistence, and perhaps tears, but it will be something to treasure
ONE of the most valuable uses to which an amateur photographer can put his camera is the making of photo-biographies of his children. As the years go by such a home documentary set of pictures is bound to become one of the family’s most treasured possessions.
FORECAST for Tomorrow is your column, and its pictures are your pictures. Each month we endeavor to select from those photographs our readers have submitted, a group which in terms of subject matter and technique is among the best of those received.
ADVANCED WORKERS in 16 mm motion pictures will be interested in Bell & Howell's new Filmo Specialist semi-professional camera. Among the Specialist's features are shift-over focusing, four-lens turret, viewfinder parallax adjustment, positive viewfinders mounted on rotating turret, lightbaflled shutter, and 400-ft. film capacity.
Flower Girl, by Roger Wyckoff of Riverside, Illinois, was made at a moment when, for a second, his subject was so lost in thought as to completely forget the crowds and curious faces which go to make up the bustle of a big city. Speed Graphic 2¼x3¼, Ansco Superpan Press Film, 1/100, ƒ 8.
This "Harlequin Girl," made by John Raymond of Fords, New Jersey, is dressed in the costume made famous by a character in 16th Century Italian plays, and later adopted by the pantomime comedies of other nations. Raymond's lighting was unusual, primarily indirect and highly diffused.
EVER since photographs first appeared on the scene over a century ago, critics have haggled over the question of whether or not photography is an art. So far as the law is concerned, all haggling should have stopped by 1884. In that year, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that photography was an art.
Want ingenious special effects? Follow these simplified directions for constructing a matte box
JAY A. SMITH
IF YOU have been seeking a device which will enable you to produce some ingenious special effects in your movies, perhaps a practical, easily made matte box is the answer. A matte box is a device that allows movie makers to expose a portion of each frame to one subject, other portions to other subjects.
MACBETH. 73 minutes, 16 mm sound. Rental $15. Willow Corporation, 64 East Lake Street, Chicago I, Illinois. This film, reviewed at length in the September, 1947 issue of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, is the fine production of a group of ex-G.I.'s headed by David Bradley of Winnetka, Ill.
Ernest Bachrach of RKO studios inadvertently was given something less than full credit in the article, “Winners in Hollywood Studio Still Contest,” which appeared on page 20 of the November issue of this magazine. Whereas Bachrach was given credit for winning best-of-show award and four second place awards in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Still Photography Show, actually he won four first places in addition to the best-of-show award, and the John LeRoy Johnson Popular Award trophy.
Action and drama mark the winners in Fifth Annual White House Photographers? contest
MORE than 500 prints and color transparencies were viewed by President Truman and guests at the opening of the White House News Photographers Association’s fifth annual photo exhibit held in Washington’s Statler hotel during November.
Twelve judges under the supervision of Edward Steichen award $5,000 in prizes
OPEN for the entry of any picture made since October 1st, 1946 with a Graphic, Graflex, Century, or Crown camera by any photographer anywhere, this year's Graflex contest attracted an amount of entries which if stacked in a vertical pile, would reach to the top of a four story building.
If you use the larger sizes of roll color film, here is a viewer to take those over-size slide transparencies
CHARLES G. MULLIGAN
WHEN that roll of large-size color film returns from processing, and the happy amateur is filled with joy at the lovely series of transparencies alive with color, his first thought is that they’d look so much better projected or even enlarged.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S Traveling Salons, 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.
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. 1st Hungarian Postwar International Salon of Photography. On exhibition Dec. 15 to Jan. 15, 1948, Budapest, Hungary. 10th Annual Springfield International Salon of Photography*, The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.
A small bulletin board is a very handy thing to fasten on your darkroom wall. On it you can tack the sort of information that you hate to get out of a book when your hands are wet. It is especially helpful when doing color work since the number of steps involved are usually too much for memory.
THE editor asked me to write this discussion because he felt that there are more readers of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY interested in something known as “the snapshot” than are interested in something else known as “the salon print.” He is right, of course.
Fourth Chicago Color Show Turns Out to Be Best Ever
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Something different in the way of photographic scavenger or treasure hunts is put on semi-annually by Retlaw Camera Club, San Francisco. Since it involves somewhat less fuss and bother than most affairs of the kind, we’re passing the idea along to you for possible emulation.
OUTDOORS magazine is offering $50, $30, and $20 every month for the best three pictures submitted of fishing, hunting, camping, boating, or sporting dog subjects. In addition, Outdoors will pay $5 for all nonprize winners that the magazine publishes.
WITH this easily made gadget, you can turn out stereoscopic and panoramic pictures with a minimum of effort. Basically, the attachment is a metal plate with the following: a hole for a tripod screw; a slot in which to slide a short thumb-screw (¼" No. 20) inserted in your camera tripod socket; turned-up sides which limit the sidewise (stereo) movement of the camera to 2½" (the distance between the average person’s eyes); a bend to prevent tripod-holdingnut from interfering with the sidewise movement of the camera; an indicator mark which (in conjunction with radial marks on the tripod top) insures uniform overlaps on panoramic shots and speeds up the operation.
PORTRAITURE. Camerette Photo Library. Published by The Camera, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland. Cloth bound, 6¾x9¾, 192 pages, illustrated, $3.50. This volume is composed of a number of popular Camerettes, previously published in The Camera magazine, with additional material selected and added.
A 16 mm Pioneer Award was presented recently to the department of AudioVisual Instruction of the National Education Association in observance of the sixteenth anniversary of the development of 16 mm sound on film. The award was made during the 61st semi-annual convention of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, held in Chicago.