A PHOTOGRAPHER’S ingenuity helped John Crivelli, cameraman for the Paterson Evening News, take what may be an outstanding photograph. Assigned to take pictures of a 15-year-old boy whose right hand was impaled on a pointed spike, Crivelli arrived'on the scene to take two routine pictures. As he was prepared to take a third picture, the rangefinder broke loose from his camera.
APOLOGY AND RESTATEMENT. We’ve been told many times never to start off with an apology, but this time it’s necessar'y. There’s been a mistake, you see, and it should be corrected right away. Briefly, it’s this: A few issues back, this column announced that the American Society of Magazine Photographers was opening its rolls to applicants for associate memberships.
Here's another of Popko's inimitale photographic puzzles, guaranteed to amuse, if not confuse you. Sharpen up a pencil, summon your wits, and hit the deck. Place a check mark in the square before the answer you feel most like to the right one, and when you've finished, turn to page 92 to learn the correct ones.
Worldwide exchange of photographic print exhibits, which has been inaugurated by an exchange between the League of Netherlands Amateur Photographers’ Societies of Holland, and the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association of Chicago, has been organized by the Pictorial Division of the Photographic Society of America.
THERE’S been plenty of added activity around the shop for the past few weeks as entries for the big POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY 1948 Picture Contest have been pouring in from all parts of the country. Blackand-white and color prints—large and small, mounted and unmounted—and color transparencies of all sizes have been piling up as each day's mail gets bigger and bigger.
Amateur Darkrooms Show Details That May Fit Into Your Own Plans
ALTHOUGH many amateur photographers turn out photographs of professional quality in makeshift darkrooms, most of us dream of the day when we will have a permanent setup tailored to personal taste and purpose. If you’re like most of us, the darkroom you eventually will have will be the product of planning, perseverance, pluck— and pocketbook.
Make eye-catching pictures in your darkroom by this simple printing method that produces the added dimension — depth
IRA S. GLICK
EVER since the early cave dweller first drew rude sketches with soot and colored clay upon the rough walls of his home, man has been trying to create depth and dimension in his pictures. Although it is, on the face of it, seemingly impossible to create the three planes of height, width, and depth, where only two can obviously exist, there has been a certain amount of success in attempting to achieve it.
Transparent positives that you can make from your negatives will help to create striking prints. Try this method to...
C. COURT TREATT
THERE are many kinds of photographers. They range from the ƒ/64 purist who considers even the most unobtrusive retouching as the eighth deadly sin, to art-forart’s-sake photographers who print diffused negatives on rough paper through burlap.
You can make a picture record of your home without special lamps or lenses—or apply this technique to take photographs of friends' homes as gifts or for spare cash
SIMPLIFIED LIGHT CIRCUIT
IT DOESN’T TAKE elaborate equipment to make good pictures of a home. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you can make a priceless personal record of your home that will hold memories like an old diary in the years to come. Any good camera will do the job, if you know its possibilities and limitations.
Milk wagon becomes darkroom as two ex-Gls enter night club photography
THE PRETTY girl with the press camera and the speedlight stops in front of your ringside table, smiles, and says “Like to have your pictures taken?” And although you have three cameras, do your own processing, and have had prints exhibited in international salons, you probably will grin at your date and mug self-consciously as the flash goes off.
THESE ORIGINAL, STRIKING, AND IMAGINATIVE PHOTOGRAPHS PROVE THAT CREATIVE WORK CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE DARKROOM USING VARIOUS TECHNIQUES TO MODIFY THE NEGATIVE OR PRINT, AND SO PRODUCE A NOTEWORTHY PICTURE
UNUSUAL, odd, and effective pictures can be produced in your own darkroom with the techniques shown on these pages. They are fun, and require a minimum of time and trouble. You can pair one negative with another and make a double print, you can crop, tilt, dodge, or bum in.
PROMINENT on the list of basement darkroom hazards is the low hanging furnace pipe. Prominent, that is, after you bash your head on it—never before. Efforts to raise, remove, reroute, or eliminate the pipe are fruitless; even moving the darkroom is useless.
It’s easy to build yourself a complete set of snug-fitting lids that will protect your solutions from exposure to air
WANT TO streamline your darkroom? Here’s an item that’s a time and money saver and can be constructed at home with a minimum of effort—a complete set of floating lids for all of your developing tanks. Since factory-made floating lids are available only with large, expensive developing units, most photographers either have to content themselves with make-shift lids for their small tanks, or have to take time to pour chemicals back into storage bottles immediatelyafter use, often when even this short delay is inconvenient.
Good prints just don't happen! Study these pictures and learn how to classify your negatives
HOME-BUILT REFLECTOR STAND
JAMES E. MARTENHOFF
IT IS only too easy to print the wrong negative on the wrong paper. One of the hardest things for the average beginning photographer to learn is negative inspection and evalution. The beginning photographer sees all about him evidences of good prints and good pictures.
IF YOUwánt an excellent knife that can be used for etching, print trimming, frisket work, cutting model airplane wood, and numerous other uses, it can easily be made from an old retouching brush, a discarded razor blade, a little solder and very little work.
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.
A little work and a few dollars are all you need to construct an electronic timer that will shut off your enlarger or printer at any pre-set time and repeats an interval as often as you desire
WILLIAM M. CARSON
AN ABUNDANT offering of accessories and gadgets is prevalent in the photographic field today, but I believe the circuit-controlling short-interval timer is without a doubt one of the most practical and generally useful items to make its appearance in a long time.
A NEW SERIES OF CAMERAS is announced by Camera Corporation of America with the new Perfex model 101 with an f/4.5 Wollensak coated lens, and an Alphax shutter, with speeds to 1/500 second. These new cameras, except for the focal plane shutter, are much like the present Perfex camera, but retail for only $39.99, with the same camera having shutter speeds up to 1/200 second and an f/3.5 coated lens retailing at $49.99.
I CAN remember having read once in a magazine devoted to outdoor sports and hunting a statement that if a hunter owned two rifles, a .22 for practice and a heavier one for real hunting, they should both operate on the same principle. The idea was that if one did 95 per cent of his shooting with a pump action .22 and then switched to a bolt action 30-06 he would be handicapped.
Try your hand at sketching on photographic paper, using developer and hypo as paints
George D. Mercer
I HAVE found there’s fun in free-hand sketching on photographic paper—using only ordinary developing and fixing solutions as your paint or pigments. Don’t worry about using a darkroom. Boldly take the printing paper from its protective covering, and lightly trace or sketch the outline of a drawing with pencil.
Cabinets for darkroom equipment make a kitchen always ready for hobby usage at a moment's notice.
LIKE most amateur photographers I have been suffering for years from the lack of space for storing my darkroom equipment. Finally in desperation I decided to build a set of cupboards and enclosed shelves in the kitchen which would house everything and at the same time keep it safely out of the way when not needed.
Solarized while in the negative stage, Girl’s Head by Edgar Zobel of Chicago’s Institute of Design, was exposed for one second to a 15 watt light held five feet away after it had been developed one half of the normal time. After this was done, the negative was placed again in the developer, and processing completed for the normal length of time.
One sunny day last winter (this was in California!), photographer Richard C. Miller of Los Angeles took model Skippy Elliot to a spot at nearby El Segundo beach, where Miller knew a particularly photogenic sand dune was wont to rear its tawny head.
Now is the time to enter your best pictures in the most exciting and important photographic contest ever held. Whether you're an amateur or a professional, whether your pictures are in black-and-white or color, makes no difference. We want to see them.
Interesting film subjects are all around us. Author Carlson suggests that the amateur work up new angles on old subjects
PERHAPS the biggest percentage of amateur movie making is of the baby, family subjects, vacation and travel. Nature filming comes in for its share, in the zoo, flowers and gardens, animals and birds. Ordinarily these subjects are enough to keep the average amateur busy with his movie outfit.
Home processing of 8 mm or 16 mm black-and-white titles is fast? easy, satisfying—-and the results are excellent
JAY A. SMITH
HAVE you completed one of your movies to your satisfaction, only to find, on projection, that one solitary title was still required? I’ll bet you have. Or have you photographed all your titles except the last one or two just as the film ran out?
LIVE AND LET LIVE. 10 minutes, 16 mm sound, color. Available without charge for specific showings, from Aetna Life Affiliated Companies, Hartford 15, Conn. A highway safety motion picture which pioneers the use of three-dimensional, scalemodel animation to demonstrate ten of the leading causes of highway accidents in the country today.
The Dallas office of the Y.M.C.A. Association Films Motion Picture Bureau is now located at 3012 Maple Avenue, Dallas 4, Texas. Seven universities throughout the United States have been selected to award Encyclopaedia Britannica Films summer tuition scholarships for audio-visual study during the summer of 1918, it was announced by Stephen M. Corey of the University of Chicago, chairman of the educators’ committee which made the selections.
THE HUMAN EYE detects graininess in photographic enlargements of small negatives in much the same way that a fingertip feels the roughness of a textured fabric. This comparison, based on existing physiological information about the motion of the eye, was made today by Drs. Loyd A. Jones and George C. Higgins in reporting their investigation of photographic graininess in Kodak Research Laboratories.
The overage darkroom contains several inexpensive thermometers, whose accuracies usually vary a few degrees. These thermometers may be used with greater accuracy by calibrating them with a laboratory model and applying a correction factor.
BAD NEWS travels fast usually and no doubt you’ll already have heard that our Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Christmas present to Britain’s photographers was an increase in purchase tax from 33⅓% to 50%. This means that the price of a 120 size (2¼x3¼) panchromatic film went to 2s.9d. instead of 2s.5d.
OUTDOORS WITH THE CAMERA by Paul Grabbe. Published by Harper & Brothers, New York. Cloth bound, 7¼ x 8½, 120 pages, illustrated, $3. Presented here in a revised edition, this popular book has been brought up to date on matters of technical information.
An ex-GI waved the magic wand of hard work, transformed a chicken roost into a darkroom and now has a photo business
MANY Army photographers left service bound and determined to set up commercial photographic establishments in civilian life, but few have done it so successfully, or as ingeniously as Fred Ulrich, Jr., of Boise, Idaho. Waving the magic wand of hard work, he converted a hen house to a photo lab, and now runs a tidy little establishment worth over $21,000.
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. Exhibition of Pictorial Photography, Shropshire Photographic Society. On exhibition Apr. 5 to Apr. 24, Borough Library & Museum, Shrewsbury, England.
A short time ago a friend of mine, in trying to re-wind a roll of 35 mm Kodachrome which he had just taken, found that it had somehow jammed in his camera and would not re-wind. Therefore he took the camera to a good friend of his, a local photographic dealer, and left it at the shop to have the film removed.
WHEN Joe Sprague (of Graflex, Inc.) wrote Bob Dumke of the Milwaukee Journal that he planned on being in Milwaukee on such-and-such a date, and quipped, “Will you please have the band out to meet me?” he didn’t realize that he was touching a match to the fuse on a powder keg.
Cine Club Has Good System for Selecting Show Films
Painting and Photography Compared for Philadelphians
GI Club in Japan Wants Prints
Chicagoans Fight Restrictions
We Hear ...
Since last month, two clubs have advised us that they are ready and anxious to book salon exchanges. One is Redlands Camera Club, whose members would like to exchange shows with other clubs in the States, in Canada, or “south of the border.”
Did you know that you can take a Snap in Kentucky with a Kodak in Tennessee and print it on Opal in South Dakota? Let’s see if we can stock a camera shop with the names of towns listed in the “U. S. Official Postal Guide.” At the camera counter, we find Bantam, Conn.;
Wallace Beery, who makes his living in front of the camera, makes his hobby behind one. In his photographic adventures as an amateur fan, he has an equally enthusiastic pal, assistant, and model—his sixteenyear-old daughter, Carol Ann.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S 1948 PICTURE CONTEST begins Feb. 15 and is open to both professionals and amateurs. Prizes totalling $60.000 in U. S. Savings Bonds plus trophies and certificates will be awarded, including six prizes each month and grand prizes at the end of the contest.