Dear Sir: I wish to call to your attention the danger involved in making a flash reflector test as suggested in the item “Calibrating a Focusing Reflector” on page 218 of your March issue . . . If a person were to substitute 110 volts for the normal 3 volts, there is a 50-50 chance that the “hot" side of the 110-volt line would be flowing through the battery case . . . he could get a shock or, if he were touching a water pipe or other grounded conductor, could even be electrocuted . . .
MAX WINTER, Acme staff photographer in Paris, has learned that coal miners in France can be as tough as their counterparts in any other part of the world. Winter, assigned to cover the riots between French police and miners, was filming mobs of strikers mixing it with the police.
GEORGE KARGER is still recovering from the effects of his Life assignment on pedigreed dogs. “Why, those dogs arrive in the studio with make-up kits more complete than the ones carried by Powers models,” says George. Even so, he was able to take it all in stride until he ran into one dachshund who wouldn’t pose until given his daily ration of gin.
Dufaycolor film is back again. Distribution rights for the improved post-war version of this additive color material have been granted to the General Photo Supply Company, 136 Charles Street, Boston 14, Mass., who also conduct a processing service for exposed Dufaycolor film.
I BELIEVE that the usual monthly camera club print competition has had a great deal to do with the advancement of photography among amateurs. It provides the incentive and the competitive element which seems necessary to make a lot of people get busy and do their best work.
WE SPENT a full evening recently with an old negative file that came to light, along with many other things, during the course of moving. Two things struck us with considerable force and seem important enough to mention for the benefit of others.
Jorn Tunbo, who believes that new ideas in photography are important, rigged up his camera in a unique manner to make this fine color picture
MULTIPLE EXPOSURE provides the photographer with a method for creating most unusual and striking pictures, especially when color film is used. This fine example is the work of Jorn Tunbo of Los Angeles, who conceived the idea and worked it out as an experiment in color harmony.
Make pictures that are original, that have drama, charm, emphasis, action—and this newspaper market is yours
Always query first
Finding roto picture ideas
Shooting the picture story
Prints for the rotos
Writing the caption
The supplementary text
Mailing your pictures
THE rotogravure sections which constitute part of the Sunday issues of more than 75 leading newspapers in United States and Canada are showing a new awakening with resultant eagerness to use picture stories in the style of their bigger “sisters,” the picture magazines like Life, Look, and Parade.
Plan a trip up into the hills where summer fun and plenty of good pictures await you and your camera
THERE is nothing more awe-inspiring than a lofty mountain peak extending high up above the surrounding country, or the grandeur of a breath-taking view down into the broad valley that one sees from a high altitude. Every tourist finds scenic thrills galore in the mountains, and these same scenes await the cameras of all who want to experience the fun of photographing them.
Strive to get this essential quality in your photographs as a means of creating interest
PEOPLE always stop to admire exciting pictures which convey a powerful message or tell a story. One of the most vital problems of the serious amateur is to get the plus value in his pictures that will lift them out of the snapshot class. This plus value is commonly referred to as impact.
He mugs, waddles, and wise-cracks his way to versatile picture fame
IN THE shadow of St. Patrick's cathedral, on Manhattan's East 51st Street, three flights above a Hamburger Heaven, lives a cherubic photographer, well-known to his profession, George Karger, a magician and ex-banker, age forty-six, who doesn’t mind telling people that he’s really quite a ham and that to this fact he owes, not only a large part of his success, but also his love for his work.
Whether it’s a placid puddle or roaring surf, water adds life to outdoor shots
THERE are many helpful formulas for making better photographs, but one of the best devices that I know for adding interest to an outdoor shot is to include water in the picture. Whether it be the main subject or just a prop, water plays a big part in providing the sparkle and snap that everyone likes to see in pictures.
WHEN you shoot for a large illustration studio like Pagano, the choice between color and black-and-white is no problem. If the client specifies color, that’s it. You do the best possible job that available color materials permit—within the limits of the client’s rough layout.
This phenomenon depends neither upon focal length nor image size, but solely upon the location of the camera
PHOTOGRAPHS taken with telephoto lenses often have a peculiar kind of perspective, characterized by an apparent "flattening" of depth. This, sometimes is mistaken for "distortion," and by some is regarded as a peculiarity of telephoto lenses.
TO MOST people, June is the long-awaited month that marks the opening of another summer season. It is the time of year when winter's cold blasts and spring's wet days are just a memory. Once again the grass and trees turn green, flowers bloom, and the outdoors is filled with people enjoying nature at her best.
What sort of pictures are people taking with the new Land Camera? Here’s a report from one of its first users
TWO YEARS have passed since announcement of the Land one-step photographic process, the first radically new development in monochrome photography in half a century. During this period the first production model camera based on the one-step principle—the Polaroid-Land Camera Model 95—has been introduced and has been placed in the hands of amateurs in large test areas.
HOME MOVIE makers are offered the new Cine-Kodak Reliant 8-mm roll-loading camera manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co., of Rochester, N. Y. Features of the new camera include sprocketless loading, a pre-focused 13-mm Cine Ektanon f/2.7 lens, speeds from 16 to 48 frames per second, enclosed eye-level finder equipped with indicators for parallax correction, a footage indicator, an exposure guide, and a locking exposure button which permits the user to move into the picture scene.
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 picture. We will return them if sufficient postage is enclosed.
For lubricating such equipment as enlargers, printers, tracks of a camera, etc., try using a stick lubricant such as used by service stations on door hinges and latches of cars. This is fine for any parts that bind, where a clean, non-gummy, non-running lubricant is desired.
PAGE 58 Custom Built, the shot of Jimmy and Billy Morrison having fun with their home-made pushmobile, is the work of Charles C. Stuebgen. The photographer first spotted the youngsters while motoring along a side street in Pittsburgh, Pa.
A new microfilm department has been added to the Genealogical Society library of the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) church where thousands of records are now being kept in space that would have accommodated only about 10 percent of the same number of pages of written material in regular size record books.
A borderless easel that will hold enlarging paper flat can be made from ordinary “Gelatin Refill,” used for duplicating machines. This product can be purchased at any stationery store for about $1 a pound. One pound will make an 11x14 easel.
THESE Salons are comprised of top prize-winning prints from the POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Contests. Representing some of the finest examples of contemporary photography, the subject-matter ranges from the dramatic and human interest to serene landscapes.
Sparkling scenes can be yours by using this home-built aid to reduce shadow contrast
A REFLECTOR to lighten the shadows in outdoor photographs has long been recognized as an effective means of controlling excessive contrasts and making the ultimate picture more pleasing. Proper lighting balance can be observed visually before the picture is made.
Magazine or roll film—8 or 16-mm—simple or elaborate? Get an outfit to suit your needs
CHARLES H. COLES
BECAUSE the American public has found that making home movies is a lot of fun for the whole family, amateur cinematography has come into its own as a fascinating and exciting part of the popular hobby of photography. For the beginner in the field of motion pictures it means being able to take snapshots that have the added quality of lifelike motion—and in black-and-white or color.
IBERIAN PENINSULA. I reel, 10 min., 16-mm black-and-white sound. Available for rental; sale $45. Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Wilmette, III. This film depicts with live photography and animated drawings the topography, resources, industries, and economic and social conditions of modern Spain and Portugal, and gives a brief but comprehensive overview of these two nations walled off from the rest of Europe by the Pyrenees Mountains.
A new, 16-page catalog of home movies has been issued by Sterling Films, Inc., 61 W. 56th St., New York 19, N. Y. Illustrated in this catalog, complete with descriptions and many photographs, are a wide variety of subjects—films for children, sport films, musical concerts, adventure films, and many special releases.
The colors in color transparencies and natural color prints are formed by organic dyes. These dyes possess the greatest brilliance and light-fastness possible, insofar as is consistent with their other requirements. While their susceptibility to sustained exposure to strong light is well known, it is easy to avoid conditions which accelerate fading.
The article “Shooting Pictures After Dark,” by James A. Stewart, ARPS, which appeared in the May issue, contained the statement “Also the diaphragm should be opened an extra stop or two if flash is used with a reflector.” Obviously the italic “with” (ours) should read “without.”
Club Views Print Made from Negative 125 Years Old!
Good Weeding-Out Routine
We Hear . . .
AT THE RISK of seeming pompous— which we aren’t—we’d like to urge club and council bulletin editors to stop for a moment and examine the physical quality of their publications unbiasedly. The primary function of a club bulletin is to disseminate information and news in legible form.
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. 13th South African Salon of Photography, Johannesburg Photographic and Cine Society, Johannesburg, South Africa. On exhibit during May at Johannesburg. 2nd Annual Photographic Salon Competition of the National Speleological Society*, Washington, D. C.
KAPPA ALPHA MU, the national honorary photo-journalism fraternity, announces the Fourth International Collegiate 50-Print Contest, open to all collegiate photographers. The contest will be judged at the University of Missouri during Journalism Week, in May.
To keep solutions in trays at an even temperature, use the illustrated set up. I find this method especially helpful when it is necessary to keep solutions, especially some toners, at a temperature above 90 F. The same result can be obtained without the use of the illustrated washer simply by drilling a few holes in a piece of old waterpipe.
FLASH photography is easy, it’s inexpensive, and it’s fun. The reader already knows these three facts from previous reading. This article will, therefore, take them for granted without further proof. We will, furthermore, take for granted the additional fact that the reader has taken flash pictures—with expendable flashbulbs or with repeating electronic flashtubes —and that he is well versed in the fundamentals.