Dear Sir: I found the article entitled "Lens Daredevils" in the January issue of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY very interesting from a photographer's point of view, but from an iron-worker's viewpoint some of the illustrations lacked realism.
THE VERNAL EQUINOX is almost upon us and as the sap of life eternal begins to proclaim its inexhaustible abundance in plant and animal fertility photographers everywhere bestir themselves and, like perennial youth, preen for conquest.
TEN Chicago newspaper photographers divided $500 in prize money in the third annual photographic competition sponsored by the Chicago Community Fund and Edward H. Weiss, Chicago advertising executive, for members of the Chicago Newspaper Photographers Association.
A round-up of recent developments and significant trends
NORMAN C. LIPTON
Feast from Famine. It’s many years now (almost ten) since long-range telephoto lenses have heen available on demand to owners of precision miniature cameras like the Leica and Contax. In the recent past, an intriguing assortment of high-magnification lenses focused by mirrorr-eflex systems have been announced and introduced.
VIRTUALLY all types of photography have one problem in common—the problem of representing a three-dimensional subject in a two-dimensional space. When the photographer has been successful in achieving an effect of depth, we can feel it as we look at his prints.
HERE’S owners the everywhere big news that have camera been waiting for—announcement of the exciting 1950 POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Picture Contest. Once again you have an opportunity to win big prizes for good pictures in both color and black-and-white.
Can you guess what tricks were used to create this unusual color picture? Here is the story of how it was made
THERE’S almost no limit to the striking effects that you can achieve, if you have ideas and are thoroughly familiar with the possibilities for manipulation that the photographic process affords. M. M. Kerper of Racine, Wis., who has been experimenting with trick effects for quite some time, made this intriguing picture of his seven-year-old daughter, Dianne, by double exposure on a single sheet of Type-B Kodachrome.
An expert tells you how to light your subjects. Follow his advice if you want to take the guesswork out of portraiture
WHEN the amateur photographer starts out to take portraits he usually is badly confused. Here he has a face, a camera, and some lights. How is he to use those lights to illuminate that face in the most pleasing manner? How many lights shall he use?
Greenwich Village Group, busy recording its community, has a project that keeps every member busy. Here's an idea any club can use
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS TO CAMERA CLUB MEMBERS
VICTOR H. SCALES
IF THE FUTURE of your camera club seems a bit shaky because of a membership which is passive or dwindling, take heart nevertheless. Your group is not necessarily headed for social bankruptcy—it can stay in business, become productive and successful, and attain an enviable position in the community.
Here is a check list of prerequisites the amateur should possess before he ventures into the professional ranks
I WANT TO be a professional photographer!" Does that sound familiar? It ought to, because that's what hundreds of young men and Women are saying these days. In fact, you may be saying it yourself. There’s no denying that there’s glamour in shutter clicking, and that it’s thrilling to work for big magazines or to operate your own studio.
Don't envy the photographer who uses professional models.You can find plenty of attractive subjects right in your own neighborhood
GEORGE S TILLMAN
BUT WHERE would I find a Powers model?" That's a common query among many amateur photographers. Besieged on every side by feminine beauty—from magazine covers, calendars, movie billboards, and every conceivable type of advertisement, one gets the inevitable hankering to aim his own camera at this type of picture subject.
Amateurs get professional prices for photographs selected in the "Smile of Pleasure" competition
NORMAN C. LIPTON
AMATEUR photographers were given a rare opportunity to qualify as full-fledged “pro” advertising illustrators when the Jacob Ruppert Brewery of New York launched its first “Smile of Pleasure” photo search last August. The purpose of this unusual event was to obtain forty fresh and vigorous pictures to illustrate Ruppert’s “Smile of Pleasure” slogan, originated earlier in the year.
NOTABLE personalities provide alert cameramen with top-notch subject matter. During a recent visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Albert Einstein, mental giant of this century, declined the opportunity of being photographed for publicity purposes.
This famous maestro of the camera credits his success to painstaking planning. He has no secrets and likes to help others
AN ACTOR who has polished a performance to the point where only another actor can appreciate its perfection becomes known as an "actor's actor.” A photographer who has developed his natural ability so that only another cameraman can recognize all the beauty of his pictures is a “photographer’s photographer."
An important characteristic of photography is its ability to reproduce a three-dimensional subject in one plane. To retain the third dimension, a cameraman must know howto accentuate depth in his work. Some tricks for doing this are illustrated in the accompanying pictures.
These pets with personality make fine subjects for your camera. Be patient and alert; the reward—good pictures!
PIERCE L. THATCHER
IF YOU don't think that cats are like people, just try photographing them sometime. In fact, the photographic problems involved in taking pictures of cats and children are somewhat the same. Cats have any number of moods and expressions that can be captured by the camera and the alert photographer.
A wooden rack constructed from scrap lumber can simplify the handling of sheet-film developing hangers in the dark. Usually, hangers are either leaned against a wall or placed on pegs. They are difficult to find when the lights are out, and can be knocked on the floor.
Introducing the picture section this month is the closeup shot of a pelican by W. C. Naylor of Brooklyn. The photographer used a 2¼x2¼ Rolleiflex equipped with a 75-mm Zeiss Tessar f/3.5 lens. Exposure, on Kodak Plus-X film, was 1/100 second at f/11.
Here is a tip that will enable you to take production shots even while you're filming
MANY movies makers want stills of their home movies and often find that frame enlargements are unsatisfactory. At the same time they are unable to film a scene properly with their movie cameras and still get desirable “'still” shots. It’s hard to do justice with both, and assistants are at a premium.
To get better movies, keep your equipment in top condition. These timely tips will show you how
THERE are other ways to improve your movies than by mastering the technique of taking pictures with a ciné camera. And naturally, everyone is interested in making his movies, and his presentation of them, too. the best possible. It is not enough to be able to handle the “tools’" of the hobby.
THE BEACHCOMBER (Paramount release) 16-mm black-and-white sound. Base rental $17.50, series rental $15, sale price available upon request. Audio Film Center, 203 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago I, III. This well-known tale by Somerset Maugham features Elsa Danchester and Charles Daughton, who portrays the trouble-making beachcomber on a tiny Pacific island.
Milton J. Salzburg, sales manager of Post Pictures Corporation for the past two years, has resigned to take over the post of chairman in charge of visual education of the police coordinating councils of the city of New York. Salzburg was selected for the post by William P. O’Brien, police commissione), on the basis of his 15 years experience in the educational and home movie field, and his 3 5-mm commercial experience prior to that.
THESE Salons, comprised of prize-winning prints from the POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Contests, represent some of the finest examples of contemporary photography. They are available to clubs, libraries, stores, and other organizations open to the public.
American Club Salon Is First to Enter Dominican Republic
Club Assists Service Agency in Producing Welfare Film
Amateur Photography Mourns Loss of Two
Tidewater Clubs Form Council, Want to Exchange Prints
Club Prexy Turns Poet
We Hear ...
Blazing a trail through an unforeseen (and since eliminated) jungle of customhouse red tape at the southern end of the line, the Golden Hill (Bridgeport, Conn.) Camera Club’s traveling print show finally made its way to the Dominican-American Camera Club, being the first collection of photographs to enter the Dominican Republic for exhibition purposes.
SAY IT WITH YOUR CAMERA—AN APPROACH TO CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY by Jacob Deschin. Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Cloth bound, 5¾x8, illustrated, 232 pages, $3. This volume is for the photographer who wants to shoot more meaningful and imaginative pictures.
When we heard that CONRAD EIGER had built his own television set, we naturally tried to get the benefit of his experience for the rest of you. (Not for us, certainly—we haven’t yet figured out the principle behind the pinpoint of light in the little black box.
FEATURING THE HARTLEY Field Lens, the new Davidson Star-D Reflex camera is announced by the Davidson Mfg. Co., 5146 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles 32, Calif. The twin-lens reflex camera is equipped with a coated Wollensak f/4.5 taking lens in Alphax shutter, gear-coupled with a coated Wollensak f/3.5 viewing lens.
Conducted according to the recommended practices of Photographic Society of America. 1950 Philadelphia International Salon of Photography*, Miniature Camera Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On exhibit at Free Library of Philadelphia. March 4 to 26.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY announces its 1950 Picture Contest, open to photographers anywhere in the world. The contest opens March 10, and entries must be postmarked before midnight, July 15. Competition will be in two divisions, black-and-white, and color, with each division being judged separately.