ALLAN GOULD appeared on Mary Margaret McBride’s program recently to talk about the voodoo rites he had photographed in Haiti. Contrary to the usual treatment of photographers there Gould was most impressed with the hospitality of the native participants.
WHEN A. D. Halliday, Salt Lake City (Utah) Deseret News photographer, was assigned to get some “different” views at the local zoo, he decided to pay a night visit there and take photographs of the animals asleep. His feature pictures were so unusual that he was given a by-line and a spread titled “Nighttime At The Zoo” . . . So, lensmen, even a hardy perennial like a zoo feature can be given a new twist.
IS MECHANICS the curse of photography? Child of a technological age, the camera is a mechanical invention, the first instrument of modern times to have resulted in a new art. But is it art? The controversy aroused by this foolish question has been going on for decades, but an eighth art has not been officially added to the classic seven.
Cancer Prevention. Group surveys of cancer of the gastro-intestinal tract may soon be as fast, efficient, and commonplace as tuberculosis “health-mobile” tests, thanks to a new fluoro-record camera recently perfected by the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation of Jamaica, N.Y.
SOME suggestions on how to get the maximum enjoyment out of photography on a minimum of first cost and running expenses might be appropriate in these critical times. It’s good to know you can keep at it without too much of a strain on the pocketbook, even when prices are up and some items are hard to find.
ALREADY a large number of readers have sent in their entries for the big 1951 Picture Contest, even though the closing date is still a couple of months away. According to past experience, this indicates another big event, and another great opportunity for camera owners everywhere to win big prizes plus recognition for their good pictures.
THE CIRCUS always has been a top drawing card as far as entertainment is concerned. But you haven’t really seen a circus until you try to photograph one! It’s difficult to imagine any other subject that offers so much variety and such an opportunity to test your ability with a camera.
WHEN free-lance photographer Mary Eleanor Browning learned that she had to undergo major surgery she did not bemoan her fate but decided to make an adventure of adversity by attempting something no photographer had done before—a picture story of her own operation, the removal of a dangerous tumor.
YOU can eliminate distortion in pictures of people by tilting your enlarging easel. If your subjects’ feet look too big in pictures taken from a low angle, this simple darkroom trick will solve the problem. If heads seem over-size, a tilt in the opposite direction will bring them back to normal.
AFTER-DARK shots have mystery and sparkle — dramatic interest not often possible with pictures ^ made in bright sunlight. If you find that your photographic collection needs something to give it more impact and excitement, the answer is easy — make pictures at night, in color or black-and-white.
Classify her type, discover her best features, and make better pictures— with the help of this graphic guide
A PRETTY MODEL is easy to find. She may be your sweetheart, sister, wife, friend, someone who asked to pose for you, or just a stranger picked from a crowd. But finding an attractive model is only the first step; you’ll need special know-how to take pictures of her that prove she is pretty.
YOU don’t have to go to Yankee Stadium to find thrill-a-minute baseball pictures. In fact, it’s almost impossible for the camera fan to get on the field at a big league ball park. But don’t let that stop you from shooting the ball game. Simply head for the nearest sandlot or playground.
ZOLTAN GLASS turns flesh into stone through the magic of his camera. The unusual pictures shown here are the work of this accomplished British photographer who uses pose and lighting to make human models look like carved marble. At first glance it is hard to tell which is statue and which is live, so cleverly has Glass blended both to create a new type of figure study.
POINT your camera at horses if you want to round up some top-notch pictures! A wild-eyed bronco bucks like a demon in the rodeo dust: what a chance for an action shot! Deep-chested percherons tug a wagon down some country road: here’s a chance for you to make a fine pictorial.
ARE YOU one of those amateurs who occasionally becomes bored with his own pictures? Would you like them to have more interest and appeal? Well, here’s a tip you can use to pep up your photography: shoot sequences! Taking several shots of the same subjects in series during a course of action will prove to be a fascinating camera adventure, and it will pay off in entertaining picture stories that everyone will enjoy.
Fantastic photos will mystify and amuse your friends. Try making some
FLYING SAUCERS! Atom bombs! Trips to the Moon! These things now crowd the front pages in our new atomic age. What amateur wouldn’t like to get a close-up of a flying saucer, complete with midget Martians! And who wouldn’t like to be the first human to point a lens at the inconceivable vistas of outer space, and then stroll around Mars in a space-suit while clicking a camera shutter?
MIKE, THE PICTURE EDITOR, shouted through the photo department door, “Horan! Get some pictures of Ambassador O’Dwyer testifying before the Senate Crime Investigating Committee. The hearing starts at 9:30!” It was 9:15 when I received that order.
First Mute, the eye-catching shot which leads off this month’s pictorial feature, was taken at Balboa, Calif., by Peter (lowland of Los Angeles. The camera used was a 2¼ x 2¼ Automatic Rolleiflex equipped with a 75-mm Zeiss Tessar f/3.5 lens.
Now that its statutes have been approved by the Nicaraguan ministry of interior, the Club Fotografico de Nicaragua is in full operation. Considerable credit for the founding of this group goes to Dr. Esteban de Varona, A PSA, one of the outstanding camerists in San Jose, Costa Rica.
AN EXTENSION BELLOWS for the Muller Reproflex is now available from A. G. Photo Distributors, 44 Bromfield St.. Boston 8, Mass. The Reproflex converts the Leica camera into a reflex camera, and provides critical focusing and parallax-free viewing.
THESE Salons are comprised of eyecatching, prize-winning prints from the POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY contests. They represent some of the finest examples of contemporary photography with subject matter ranging from the dramatic and human interest to serene landscapes.
WHAT’S happened to the long shot? Amateur filmers, in their desire to make better pictures, are paying so much attention to closer views that the long shot isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Sure, big close-ups carry a punch no other angle can duplicate, but they’re really just the fine seasoning on the meatand-potatoes, or main body, of a picture.
Enjoy the author’s humor—but be sure you understand that he’s kidding
JOSEPH V. MASCELLI
IF ALL THE thousands of articles and books about movie making were laid end to end—someone should put a match to them! The rules, regulations and taboos on filming motion pictures are enough to drive some movie makers to drink. Here is your chance to “break the rules—and go free!
The first scenes of this picture show the artist and his model in his studio as he begins work by shaping handfuls of water clay into long, narrow strips and packs them loser and under the crosspiece of an armature, the wooden frame around which the sculpture is built.
Five new color filmstrips on “Contemporary American Painting” have been released by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc., 1150 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 111. The series, which contains 378 frames and illustrates the work of 1 11 leading artists, was adapted from the EBP Collection of Contemporary American Painting.
With Freedom’s Holy Light, a heart-warming picture of a little girl at her prayers, won top honors and $1500 for photographer Walter Z. Lillian of Salt Lake City, Utah. The prize was awarded by the Freedoms Foundation, a non-political, non-profit organization that encourages a better understanding of the American way of life.
Photographing girls has always appealed to cameramen. Yet, so many photographers fail to make their lovely models look lovely. Whether it is the posing, arrangement of lights, or the model’s makeup that stymies you, an answer to your problems will be found in this book.
Don’t forget POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S 1951 Picture Contest, open to photographers anywhere in the world. The contest is now running, and entries must be postmarked before midnight, July 14. Competition will be in two divisions, black-and-white.