Focus on Stryker Roy Stryker (see September issue, page 60) brought together the most profound, integrated study of America that has ever been made. Even though one might say that the study was of the depressed and disinherited, such a picture at that time was America.
Somehow I’m always disturbed when I hear how the photographic business sort of slumps right at the end of the summer when vacations are over, then picks up again for the Christmas season, and then quiets down until late Spring when people start vacationing and week-ending again.
When a developer “conks out” too soon, many photographers begin looking for another developer rather than for mistakes they might have made in using the first one. Because of the dozens of developers on the market, the dissatisfied photographer might go through quite a few before he begins to suspect that he might be at fault.
Allow me to put in a word for the glossy print. I mean real gloss. ferrotyped to mirror brightness, and revealing every last detail of pore. line, wrinkle, and texture. Regardless of whether the glossy surface is required—as in the case of some publications (fewer do than formerly), there can be little argument that a gloss-finished print exhibits the maximum in photographic quality of any surface available.
As I have mentioned before, here and in my books, one of the most troublesome shortcomings of inexperienced photographers is the inability to see everything in their picture—not only in every corner of the square format, but also in every plane of the three-dimensional scene that is reduced to two dimensions on the ground-glass.
A department devoted to tape recording, hi-fi, sound-on-film, music, narration and special effects
GEORGE W. CUSHMAN
Principal advantage of a double turntable, or two turntables, is that continuous music can be recorded directly to the final sound track, whether it be magnetic stripe (along one edge of the film) or a separate tape. Quality loss, sometimes a factor with inexpensive equipment, is reduced with a “one generation” recording.
CANDY, CHOCOLATE AND CONFECTIONERY INSTITUTE announces its second annual photo contest with $2.000 in prizes. Any news or feature photograph taken during 1962 in the normal course of a photographer’s work that shows some type of candy and that appeared in at least one edition of a general-circulation daily or weekly newspaper or a magazine is eligible.
CAMERAS ARGUS SLR first single-lens to be marketed gus Inc., 5950 Ave., Chicag Priced at $179 has a six-eleme mm Argus-Seko lens stopping d f/16. Other details include quick-return ror, depth-of-field preview button, full-ap pentaprism viewing and focusing with fully matic diaphragm.
You might think the new Konica FP and its forerunner, the Konica FS, are really 35-mm SLR "look-alikes.” And in one sense, you’d be right. Each has almost identical construction, fully automatic diaphragm, instant return mirror, and features a pentaprism.
When the first Rollei Magic was announced I felt disappointed at the lack of adequate manual exposure controls. True, you could be the master of your own exposure settings, but only at 1/30 sec. In the new Rollei Magic II this situation has been corrected.
Hasselblad has finally released their long awaited eye-level prism finder, which meets the need for this kind of viewing. The regular hood of the camera is removed and replaced with this device. The eyepiece extends to the rear of the film magazine for comfortable viewing.
Here’s a continuation of the CdS meter trend you’ve been reading about in POP PHOTO. The Konica people have designed a reflected-light exposure meter of this type, that fits neatly over the pentaprism of the new Konica FP (see Test Report, page 30) or the Konica FS, and couples to the shutter-speed wheel of either camera.
High Speed Ektachrome has the extra speed to allow the 2¼ fan to stop down more than previously for extra depth of field (sorely needed with the larger images encountered in this size), to shoot at high shutter speeds to stop action, or to be able to shoot available light with the relatively slow lenses (seldom better than f/2.8 or f/3.5) found on cameras of this size.
No photographer going through these pages will escape unimpressed by the imaginative shooting and editing that went into this volume. The beauty, the wonder, the dangers offered by the world we live in are here to see as well as read about.
The word “smile is synonymous with portraiture. Yet if you were to analyze the great and impressive portraits by both artists and photographers that have maintained a lasting interest, you would find that in most of them the subject is not smiling at all.
A library of useful information is available to photographers free, thanks to the instructional literature many manufacturers offer. There are, no doubt, several booklets described here that will interest you. Just enclose 10c in coin or stamps to cover handling and you can circle as many choices as you wish on the coupon below.
We were sitting at a sidewalk cafe on the Via Veueto in Rome, and my friend. a proud native of the Eternal City. was introducing me to a local game. Mostly. it involves sitting at a sidewalk cafe on the Via Veneto, dawdling over coffee or aperitif.
Make your own barndoors for studio photography Make barndoors for your floods for be ter light control. For each door, bend short piece of ⅜-in. brass tubing into U-shape. Flatten end and fasten to edg of an aluminum reflector with two smal bolts.
Here are the first three prize winners in a contest POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY conducted for those 78 Scandinavian photographers who visited the U. S.
When 78 members of the Nordic Federation of Photographers flocked into New York this summer the editors of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, playing host, showed them around the city. After watching them engage in a week-long volley of almost constant picture-taking, we invited them to submit their pictures to a contest under our auspices, to be followed by an international exhibition of their photographs of the area.
GORLITZ, East Germany —Lens speed breakthrough?: Honors for first 0.95 lens for a single-lens reflex may go to VEB Meyer Optik here. An East German release on their 45-mm Meyer f/0.95 lens claims optical performance and sharpness previously not believed possible with a lens this fast.
Recently a futile attempt to obtain original prints Alfred Stieglitz for inclusion in an important exhibiti of great photographers being prepared by Fritz Grub for the upcoming photokina in Cologne reminded me the finality with which the great man’s friends burie him 16 years ago.
Has photography become too easy? Why, with the millions of film-frames exposed each day, are there so few pictures of lasting significance? In the days when Mathew Brady exposed his glass plates, photography was anything but a casual affair.
Have you ever wished for an Aladdin's Lamp whose Genie would painlessly solve all your filter and exposure problems? Obviously such a solution isn't available. But most of the burning questions you may have about exposure and filters under a variety of conditions may be solved easily by twirling the dials, and consulting the many hints and data in the 32 pages of the new edition of Kodak’s Master Photo-guide.
Deciding on the big gifts is hard enough, but what kind of gifts can you put in the photographer’s Christmas stocking? Fortunately, it’s no longer true that to buy a really good photographic item you have to shell out a large amount of money. The ones shown on these pages (and described in detail elsewhere in this issue) belie the fact that you’ve got to be rich to make someone happy with a gift.
Because photography is an embracing and universal art volving thought, observation, skill, devotion to beauty, many photo phers are also craftsmen with the s hammer, and drawing board. For th of you who are “good with the hand we present an inspiring array Christmas gifts especially designed you to make for your family a friends as another measure of yo craftsmanship and love of giving.
Have you ever wished you could have complete studio facilities on hand at all times that you could use either in your home or wherever else you had to shoot? Do you have storage problems with your present lighting equipment? Is it too bulky, too awkward to handle and set up?
East and west combine as a constant camera challenge
There's a strange feeling of vague recognition that comes over the visitor to Japan after he's spent a few days looking at the countryside through and over his camera viewfinder. It begins to dawn on him that much of what he considered style in traditional Japanese painting—the delicate handling of ornately decorated simple shapes; the soft pastel colors with occasional accents of brilliance—bears a very strong resemblance to reality.
There’s a fascinating world invisible to the naked eye. Why not try shooting through
The world that exists only in the eyepiece of a microscope is a strange and wondrous one; but unfortunately only one person at a time can enjoy it. Ever think of preserving these scenes through photography so that others can enjoy them as well?
U. S. I. A. offers new jobs for apprentice film-makers
Want to break into the pro film field? The good news is that the United States Information Agency is preparing an apprentice training program. The plan is the brainchild of George Stevens, Jr., son of the top Hollywood director, and director of the Agency’s Motion Picture Service.
Back in '59 we visualized electric drive as the big camera trend of the year. Well, it took a while longer, but now Eastman Kodak Co. has introduced its battery-powered “8,” and we expect virtually every manufacturer to switch its production accordingly.
Everybody knows. of course, that you cover a scene first with an over-all establishing shot, using your wide-angle lens, then a medium view with your normal lens, and finally you close in on important details with your tele. “Everybody knows,” but this 1-2-3 approach is quite arbitrary, and more often than not, destructive to your ends.
Has making home movies lost its challenge? Do you wish that your films had a wider audience than your family and friends? Would you like to make a co tribution to your community? If your answer is "yes then you should consider working with your local scho in the production of films for their instructional program
This is the remote-control version of the Kodak Hi-Mat 8 projector, reviewed in the April issue. The big difference is an illuminated control unit attached to a 12-foot cord, which plugs into the machine. It permits the movie-maker, by pressing a three-contact switch, to project his film forward, to stop it, and to run it in reverse.
Here is a truly useful recording instrument, combining reliability and versatility. At its lowest speed, 15/16 ips, it records a maximum of eight hours of information, dual-track, on a 5-in. reel of double-play tape. At its top speed, 7½ ips, it can reproduce music with fine fidelity.
Where gluing is necessary, most of the photographic decoration can be affixed with Kodak Rapid Mounting Cement or a similar product. A protective lacquer for items that will be handled frequently could be Krylon or a similar product, available in most art supply stores.
Is it possible to have older camera lenses hard-coated? Is a hard-coating service available for older camera lenses?—S. Brinker Peck, Saugerties, N.Y. answer: This service is available; see your camera dealer or repairman, The lens elements must be removed from the mount for coating, and then reassembled in alignment—painstaking work which is not cheap.