We’ve covered both ways Congratulations! You still have the talent for picking had covers (June issue). A year’s time still hasn’t made Bez’s pictures any better. ERIC L. BLOCHER, Ypsilanti, Mich. My compliments to John Hamilton of Globe for his portrait of starlet Jacqueline Bisset [July cover], It just seems to jump right at you.
Recently, on a spree of Ektacolor printing, I invited my color photography class from the School of Visual Arts to my studio. The questions they asked, and the discussions we had should be of interest to you. Here they are: Can you make Ektacolor prints from transparencies?
How many times this past year have you had to rearrange and darken a room and then drag out a projection screen and projector just to view a new box of slides? Wouldn’t you rather just be able to push a hutton and see them as easily as you do color TV ?
TOKYO — Bellows out : Pentax Auto Bellows unit operates automatic diaphragm lenses, permits reversing lens for extreme close-ups, takes slide duplicator, and displays extension and correction factors on bellows rather than on rail.
Recently, a calculator for exposures made under unusual night time conditions appeared in these pages; before that, we gave you some data on exposure guides for the rare conditions when a meter isn’t helpful. Exposure data for eclipses, for example, or rainbows and sunsets are phenomena for which it is confusing to estimate exposures even when using the narroivest-angled spot meter and proceeding with care at every step of the process.
In 1953, the American Society of Magazine Photographers formally recognized the contributions of a photographer, an inventor, and an editor by honoring them with awards for their outstanding achievements. They were Henri Cartier-Bresson for The Decisive Moment, a book of pictures and text by one of the key influences in contemporary photojournalism; Dr. Howland S. Potter for his invention of the principle of variable contrast in photographic papers (specifically, Varigam) ; and Roy Stryker “for his work in educating industry to a greater appreciation and more enlightened use of photography.
When I take color pictures of distant scenes with a telephoto lens, many slides are overexposed, How can this be, since 1 made careful throughtlie-lens meter readings?—Wolfgang Laade. Heidelberg. W. Germany A technically correct through-thelens meter reading is not always correct for some of these scenes.
For centuries traders, explorers, and adventurers who roamed the world brought back artifacts from the cultures they encountered. When soldiers and scouts passed through Indian territory, they returned with tribal weapons, clothing, tools, and ornaments.
One thing leads to another, and now (as I get ready for a trip to Canada) there’s a hievcle in the trunk of my car. a sub-miniature tape recorder in mv gadget hag, and a hair dryer in my suitcase. These arc the most recent finds in my constant, travel-oriented search for new developments in portable equipment to add comfort and convenience to my trips.
CAMERAS KODAK INSTAMATIC M20, the newest super 8 Kodak movie model is palm size (6⅝x3x2¼ in.). Among features are: 13→28-mm f/1.9 zoom lens with power or manual control, through-the-lens viewing. focusing by scale or symbols, electric eye exposure, insufficient light indicator in finder, automatic daylight filter, and a motor powered by AA alkaline cells.
Do you have a talent for photography? Take our free test and see.
Do you have a natural ability for photography — a talent worth developing? Find out by sending for a special Aptitude Test created by a group of America’s most distinguished photographers. They arc looking for people with talent who might be trained for moneymaking careers in photography, either parttime or full-time.
AUTOMATIC 180-MM SONNAR f/2.8 To many a pro and discerning amateur, the 180-mm Sonnar f/2.8 has always been a standard, brilliantly sharp and fast lens. It has been available in a preset diaphragm mount, but the latest version sports an automatic diaphragm. It can he used automatically with the 2¼ Praktisix SLR and 35-mm SLR’s such as Exakta. Edixa. Praktiea, and Pentax.
Have you ever thought of having a small black-and-white exhibit area right at home? This is a very satisfying way to make your photo output an integral part of everyday living. A good set-up should combine neat appearance plus relatively low cost, while permitting fast, easy switching of the prints.
THE CANON TL-QL is a 35-mm SLR at the quality level of the FT-QL (see Laboratory Report, page 98, August issue) but selling for a substantially lower price. The cut in cost is accompanied by the elimination of some features, which may or may not be of significance to the photographer.
A great challenge in any art is to pick a worthy theme and create as many interesting variations on it as you can. Often, the first two or three come easily, but after that the going can really get rough. The heart of the challenge, however, is in carrying on an ever more difficult struggle against the pictorial weakness of the subject and your own laziness of vision.
Many months ago. wc published a lesson on eggs. You may remember that the object was to photograph white eggs on a white background and. using only one light source, create a variety of effects, it was stated that this project is especially good for learning to see the effects of light on form, space and mood.
This is a world filled with data on things all of us already know, don't care to know, and the banal. The spice of life is not only variety, but the satisfying of a curiosity that asks, “What can I find olT the main highway, on an obscure back road?” Some of my liest pictures were made there. In tiiis spirit, I hope you have lots of fun with the products and ideas presented here.
One answer to the cluttered gadget hag problem is the drop-front model, customized inexpensively into a two-story arrangement. Open the top of the bag and the items most frequently used are readily available. Open the drop-front and bottomshelf items such as extension cords and flash units are bandy.
Let’s talk about exposure. More precisely, about good exposure. If you read this and heed it, you will learn how to get as good an exposure as can be got. To avoid your being a disgruntled customer at the end, let it be said at the onset that this is not the way to the truth and the light—just a way to get good exposures.
I Protest! by David Douglas Duncan: a Signet Broadside, The New American Library, 1968. $1. Duncan’s one-man stand against the forces, whatever they are, that keep us in Vietnam: pictures made in eight days at besieged Khe Sanh. (The siege ended before the hook was published, making it momentarily less timely.
Do professional photographers envy amateurs? You can make a very safe bet they sometimes do. At one time or another. I’ve heard just about every professional photographer I've ever known express the wish to have the amateur's freedom of choice in shooting whatever appeals to him most.
Most SLRs with their fixed pentaprism virtually restrict the photographer to eye-level shooting. To take pictures from a lower angle, he is practically forced to his knees. Twelve inches above ground is about as low as he can sink—and to reach even that level, he’ll have to lie flat on the ground.
Football season will soon be upon us. and photographers all over the country will proclaim that they can’t live without a really long lens, in spite of the incredible number of lenses from 3(X)millimeters on up, there is no one panacea.
NORMAN BROTHS S COLOR NOTES: 'For open eyes and open minds, there are pictures everywhere’
What approach to photography is for you? Do you like the simple, so-called “straight” approach? Or do you believe you can do better by taking liberties and putting your own color where you want it to be? W hiehever road you choose, it's good to keep in mind that talent alone is not enough to enable you to sav what you want through photography.
Does mirror kick leave you beset w itb anxiety? Do you have gnawing doubts about your camera’s optics? Arc you now comparing test reports searching for that extra edge of sharpness? If so. why not give your present camera a break: let its real capabilities shine through. Give it support. Give it a tripod.
Germany’s leading American photo-illustrator tells his story to BILL PIERCE
Although I was horn in St. Louis in January, 1931, I first became interested in photography in Berlin in 1956 or ’57. I think I was pushed into life. One thing I got pushed into was visual art. 1 went to the Art Institute of Chicago as a little ahoy and learned to draw.
Like the Mercedes, the Rolex watch, and Dorn Perignon champagne, the Minox is a status symbol. We've seen it used by spies in movies and read about spies using it in real life. Without a doubt, it has a great deal of romance attached to it. Using this camera for a few weeks defined its value for me and gave me an idea of where it fits in with other photo equipment.
Testing the Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic proved a very interesting experience since it was my first opportunity to use a behind-the-lens metering system. Although I am thoroughly familiar with 35-mm cameras, in the past I have relied on a separate light meter for all my exposures.
"Times are changing . . . we must adjust to the changes to avoid losing contact with the market . . This exhortation to West German photo dealers from their wholesalers’ trade association expresses the 1968 viewpoint of West Germany's camera industry.
Did you ever want to shoot the unfolding of a flower, or the rising of the sun, without standing over the camera for hours and using hundreds of feet of film? Now, for the first time, a built-in timelapse feature in the Nizo S-80 makes this type of filming easy, automatic, and economical.