whose hands were used and how was it done? I'm referring to the Pictures feature in the June issue with the Gerald Hochman shot of Betty Biehn (page 72) and the pair of hands reaching round her from out of nowhere. I've asked a number of people to try putting their hands in this position and I've yet to find anyone who can do it.
I was saying last month, here in this corner, that anyone who had let the shank of the summer slip hy without a vacation might indeed consider inspecting Southern California where indeed summer lingers deep into the fall. Since then I have made my second exploration under the equator in search of the glories of South America.
one of the longest weeks of the year (runs for 16 days) is Hawaii’s festive "Aloha Week." wdiich starts on Oct. 13. runs through the 29th. and is celebrated on five scenic islands. For the traveling photographer "Aloha Week" presents the best opportunities to take pictures of the natives of the westernmost state in wdiat: we know as their characteristic attire and activities.
Where you place your camera has a definite hearing on your glamor pictures. The main reason for this is that objects close to the lens are more accentuated than those further away. Take the full-length standing picture. In most cases I usually pick a camera elevation midway between the head and toes.
What has happened to the amateur spirit in American photography? in a word. I regret to find, it has gone commercial. By “amateur” I do not mean of course the camera club hobbyist and the casual snapsbooter and box camera user, but those who are, or profess to be.
A few weeks ago a very well-known photographer friend of mine went to sec a top editor of a picture magazine and showed him some photographs of wild flowers growing in their natural habitat. These pictures were part of a continuing study by the photographer and have been shown to botanists and flower growers for several years.
Before getting into the subject at hand, I’d like to answer some inquiries. As I’ve pointed out already, the single subject in which most of you are evidently interested is slip-on accessory lenses for wide-angle and long-focus effects. Accordingly, I’ve been planning to do a column or two about them, but I needed to do some research, because my experience with them was limited.
When the kitchen or bathroom has to serve as a temporary darkroom, a light-stand makes an excellent safelight support. It enables you to place your trays where you can work most conveniently. and to set the safelight where it is needed. Height of the light can lie adjusted for proper balance of safety and visibility.
Spotting a print is like riding a bicycle on a tightrope—it doesn't: look hard when you watch but there is a skill required that comes with experience. You’ll be off to a good start if you choose the right tools and proceed slowly and carefully.
Last month, we skimmed over some of the low hurdles of choosing a black-and-white film. Now let’s have a look at the more complicated hut equally pertinent subject of color films. Here I am poaching a hit in the territory of my fellow columnist, David B. Eisendrath, Jr., who has covered the matter authoritatively more than once in his monthly Color Clinic.
The latest edition of what has become West Germany’s most important and representative picture annual is. like its predecessors, a handsome book, combining well-reproduced photographs with mature, critical essays. It also continues to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of photography beyond the Rhine.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY FIELD-TESTS IMPORTANT NEW PRODUCTS
A BRACE OF ANSCO CAMERAS
Two new 35’s appeal to advanced amateurs and beginners
Improved shutter offers 1/1,000 speed setting
Ansco's re-entry into the 35-mm camera field is marked by two similar though surprisingly different cameras, both featuring match-pointer automation with the motive power supplied by the user. Both also provide rangefinder focusing and viewing through a single window.
More than half of all photographs sold by free-lance photographers are presented to the customer through the mails. I remember well that when my photographs first began to sell, almost 15 years ago, they reached my customer's desk with the help of our reliable postal system.
It is characteristic of human nature that people in general resist change, and photographers seem more resistant than most. At least I have that impression from my mail which carries complaints that pictures published by the photographic magazines and the annuals aren't what they used to be.
I am a free-lance photographer. When I tell people this, the following question, is nsualh asked: “What exactly do you do?” Most people, including amateur photographers, have a vague notion of what free-lance photography is. The ideas they have on the subject art; usually on the romantic side—shooting beautiful movit; stars, photographing a war with bombs
Photography has become a highly mechanized art. So much so that main people wouldn't be able to make a picture if all they had was a roll of film and a camera. Many of us have become slaves to the tools we use rather than their masters. Nowhere is this truer than in the area of determining exposure.
A successful free lance discusses a philosophy which improved his photography
TO SEE AND TRANSLATE
ART, TECHNIQUE ARE ONE
BEAUTY IN THE STARTLING
RESPECT AND CONTEMPT
REST AND MOTION
INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION
INTENSITY AND ORGANIZATION
Do you know what makes a good photograph? That’s a big question and perhaps you've been so busy taking pictures that you haven't had time to think about it. Nevertheless, it's a question worth considering. for if you arrive at a satisfactory answer you will know what to go after in your work.
Why take bad pictures when with just a little more care and thought you can make good ones? With this in mind. POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY assigned photographer Harvey Shaman to show how most beginners took pictures and then to show the various wdys in which they could easily improve upon the same suject.
Not so long ago the long-focus and telephoto lenses were used almost exclusively by sports cameramen and news photographers who could not get up close to their subjects. But in recent years these lenses have also become a valuable and expressive tool in the hands of fashion and illustration photographers, photojournalists, and creative amateurs.
Shutters, shutters everywhere, and half of them can think—and if you think we’re kidding, just read on and see how the latest trends in shutter development are rapidly changing the structure of photography. These developments are about equally divided between speeding up the process of exposing film and smartening it up.
Last Winter, the Munich International Salon of Photography organized an exhibition titled The Human tace of Europe. consisting of 53() pictures chosen from hundreds of thousands h a jury including Iawver-photojournalist Tas Tothu and Otto Croy, editor of Fowmagazin.
Enthusiastically endorsed by physicians, Volunteer Service Photographers rehabilitate the handicapped by teaching them photography
SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
DID YOU KNOW THAT... j
WILL YOU VOLUNTEER?
Try to imagine for a moment what it would he like to spend the rest of your life—or just a few years—confined to a hospital wheel chair or stretcher. How would time go, the long lonely hours? What would your morale be like after a few months of seemina uselessness?
POPULAR PHTOGRAPHY $25,000 International Picture Contest
FINAL MONTH’S WINNERS
Here are the names of the last of the 280 winners whose pictures will be eligible for Grand Prizes in the $25,000 International Picture Contest, to be announced in December
OCTOBER, 1960 COLOR WINNERS
OCTOBER, 1960 BLACK-AND-WHITE WINNERS
Here they are al last—the names of the people whose pictures won $.50 prizes in the final month’s competition in the 1960 International Picture Contest. Here's the last of the lists that tell you whether or not you're in the running loi the big money.
As a subject... fall foliage is a challenge in composition and design
As a prop...the colors of autumn enhance a portrait or a landscape
Nature’s most awe-inspiring contribution to photography, the brilliant color of autumn, is so fleeting that before we can become familiar enough with its grandeur to investigate the infinite photographic possibilities therein it’s gone.
The battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac in color? Not really-not the original battle, anyway, but a clever outdoor use of an indoor technique. For the details, see page 124
Although photography existed during the Civil War, as evidenced by the remarkable collection of pictures left by Mathew Brady and his contemporaries, there was no way that action photographs could be taken under inconvenient conditions.
Not satisfied with shooting the conventional still-life subjects, Henry P. Kragiel, who works for a hardware manufacturing company, started looking for subjects that would make interesting and amusing table tops and give him an opportunity to exercise his imagination.
1 William L. Mellon, Yarmouth port, Mass. The quality of intelligent emphasis is what makes this photograph the most successful of all these color shots. Here the photographer obviously decided before he pressed the shutter that he wanted to say something specific about sailing, and he has utilized exposure and focus to reinforce his point of view.
You may be guilty of ignoring your camera’s most important accessory, the device that lets you see what you will get on the screen. The average amateur sees a shot, aims through the viewfinder, and shoots. But he doesn't firing it back alive because although he looks through the finder, he doesn't see through it.
In last month's column I discussed the "kinesthetic reaction produced in the members of an audience when they watch movement on the screen. This reaction is produced, not only by the movement of (dements within the shot but. more importantly, by the movement of the camera itself.
First fully automatic electric eye camera with, reflex zoom system
Take a fast f/1.8 zoom lens, a reflex finder for through-the-lens viewing-and-focusing, an electric eye for automatic exposure control: build it all into an 8-mm roll camera, add a mere $149.50 price tag and—most cine veterans will agree—you are likely to end up with a piece of junk that has everything but does nothing.
For sportsmen taking late vacations this year, we'l like to suggest a project taken from the book, 100 Camera Projects For Fun and Profil by Durniak, Shaman, and Wahlberg. Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., $4.95. Excellent results can also be obtained with deer heads.
Why don’t slides project evenly sharp on the screen?
Could color negatives be made by omitting the reversal step?
Is a focusing mount desirable for a movie wide-angle lens?
Can prints be ferrotyped for a second time?
Is timing of Polaroid Land ^prints critical?
Increasing daylight index works; how about tungsten?
How do you choose between 35-mm rangefinder and reflex?
Last April, I climbed the Ruwenzori mountains. Nearly all my slides taken at high altitudes are a little too dark. My exposures. on Kodachrome. were determined with a refected-light meter. What is at fault? Should I have used my meler s incident-light attachment?