How to make a crow white Take another look at the fine picture on page 129 of November Popular Photography. 1. Doves and pigeons (Columbidae Family) fly with pointed wings swept back. These birds look more like members of the Corvidae Family. . . . CROWS!
Recharging electronic flash I don't use my electronic flash often. How should I treat it so the gun is always reads when needed? It operaates on nickel-cadmium batteries. —G. Black, Enola, Pa. One important step is to reform the capacitor every four or six weeks, by flashing the unit several times.
PRINCETON, N.J.—Better photomultiplier: High-grade densitometers and other photo instruments rely on photomultiplier tube. Of very responsive photo sensors, photomultipliers are most stable and accurate. Dr. R. E. Simon of the David Sarnoff Research Center says RCA has now developed a photomultiplier ten times better than previous types.
When someone tells me that he has just "tested" a new film or emulsion. I am curious to know just what he means. Often I discover that he has merely tried a different film, rather than made any kind of definitive test. There's nothing wrong with trying out a film.
Here's a challenge for many photographers. If you have a spot meter, in or outside the camera, do you really know how it responds to what it sees? Very few people do. They talk about how great the true spot metering idea is for real control. And I'll agree with their enthusiasm—favoring narrow angles such as 1-3 degrees (or even perhaps 5) over semi-spot meter angles that are often in the 9-1 8-degree range.
1968—Photographs by Duane Michals at The Underground Gallery, 51 Fast 10th St.. New York City (Oct. 4-27), was a refreshing exhibit by a photographer who changes unpredictably from one approach to another, but always seems to be completely himself.
Children’s books illustrated with photographs have not distinguished themselves particularly over the years. More often than not. either the photographs have been poorly reproduced and/or they have lacked meaningful content and impact.
Airplane pilots accuse aeronautic engineers of a much-repeated apocryphal story about the bumblebee. According to all textbook theory, it can't fly. However, it doesn't know this, so it does it anyway. Most photographers on seeing the Janpol enlarging lens will tell you it can't work, but it does, and very well, too.
At photokina much of the action took place, not in the exhibit halls, but at conversations over dinner in some hotel dining room. To many of you, hobnobbing with the super experts would seem like an unfulfillable dream. But for me it has become a stimulus to urge you not be either frightened or ensnared by technical matters that may not really matter.
One of the inevitabilities of 20th century travel is waiting at airports. Even if everything goes right, and your flight takes off on schedule, the airline has required you to show up well in advance (30 to 60 minutes) of scheduled departure.
Friends ot Photography. Sunset Cultural Center. Carmel: Don Ross Nov. 21-Jan. 7. • M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. San francisco: Photographic Environments / Margaret d'Hamer Dec. 7-Jan. 12. Photographs by David Bracher Dec. 7Jan. 19.
Hieres nothing so dead as the “live" narration to the average amateur slide show. I here are three common errors I have noticed (and have been guilty of myself); first is saying too much about a slide: this keeps it on the screen too long and often leaves little to tell about the slides that follow.
Cameras Revere Model 1064, a 126 cartridgeloading camera, features a 34-mm Rokkor f/8 lens protected by a builtin cover until the moment of exposure. Its automated exposure system stops lens down to f/27. while shutter speed drops from 1/90 to 1/40 see at low-light levels.
Alvin Langdon Coburn, Photographer, an Autobiography: edited by Helmut and Alison Gernsheim: Frederick A. Praeger. Inc.. New York and Washington. D.C.: 144 pages. 64 plates; $25. Just 12 days before Alvin Langdon Coburn died at the age of 84 at his home in Rhos-on-Sea.
There you are, armed with the latest action-stopping super-precise SLR. Your viewing screen is Filled nicely with the image of the little girl all set to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, and you already visualize the Finished picture: wide-open eyes, puffed-out cheeks, puckered lips, candles gleaming with flaming tips just catching the first puff of air from her lips, a priceless picture.
10 time-tested ways to let people know you're great (provided you really are)
1. WASH A BRAIN Simple boasting, carried a few hundred hours past the possibility of rational doubt, will wear any potential client down or kill him. The snow-job-turned-inward is one of photography’s most popular promotional methods. It is gratifying, cheap, and does not require intelligence.
Millions of us are living right now under arctic conditions in the U.S.—and millions more go forth into sub-zero temperatures voluntarily, skiing, skating, tobogganing, hiking. Winter sports vacations are getting to he more and more popular.
They save time and bottles, process automatically— yet they still haven’t caught on
RICHARD D. ZAKIA
Monobaths are much like an internally automated processing system. Once you place the film into the solution, the gamma has been automatically determined. It develops the exposed silverhalide grains to silver, then stops the development, and finally fixes the unexposed grains—all in a single solution.
The twin-lens reflex camera has one great advantage over the STR in close-up photography: it doesn't have a moving mirror to cause vibration. Also on the "plus" side is its continuous view of the subject before, during, and after the exposure.
Creativity can often begin after the shutter is released
If you've been shooting pictures for some time, you usually don't find it difficult to visualize your final results, even when your multi-colored subject is being photographed in blackand-white. But some photographers like to carry the creative process a step or two further and do most of their creating or manipulating after the shutter has been released.
To be worthy of the name, any test lab must constantly test itself. As better testing methods become available, they should be used. Like any organic process, a testing program must be able to cast off the old and make use of the new; so there has been a basic change in our lens-testing program.
Practice what the camera-makers preach about those knobs and dials
The scene was Olden’s walk-up-andsave camera shop in New York on a Saturday morning. If you're a camera nut, and a New Yorker, you can picture 100 or so guys elbow-to-elbow along the right-angled counter, wheeling and dealing with about 30 hot and cold running salesmen for cameras, lenses and other accessories, past and present.
EDMUNDS OVERHEAD PROJECTOR is an inexpensive optical system for showing up to 5x5 in. transparencies. It is designed to be used with a standard 35-mm projector as a light source. The projector must be placed about 6 inches behind the Edmund unit, so that its beam will pass through the device's port, to be reflected upwards by a mirror that throws it through two plastic fresnel lenses to fill the 5x5-in. glass stage.
ATGET THE LITTLE MAN WHO INFLUENCED A GENERATION OF PHOTOGRAPHERS
After 41 years his famed collection gets a permanent home, bringing recognition, study and preservation
Forty-one years after Eugene Atget died, his work, preserved for all that time by Berenice Abbott as a personal responsibility, has finally found a permanent home. The whole collection of his negatives and prints, almost his entire life's output, was bought from her by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in September, 1968.
The small individual differences in cameras are the things that give them character. These either make them versatile, flexible tools or tend to drive you elsewhere in the never-ending search for the perfect camera. The Contarex Super is not the perfect camera, since the perfect camera doesn't exist.
RELIGION 1968 Clergyman charges bad taste; Hattersley replies
Dear Sir: Though I am a firm believer in tree speech, it appears to me that editorial discretion can be applied to columns such as "The Hattersley Class" which appears in your current issue. In June 1968 Mr. Hattersley requested readers to submit entries on the subject “Religion 1968."
One of the fascinations of photography is the discovery that it can be a subtle and demanding craft. No matter how much sensitivity and technique you pour into a photograph, it can still absorb more. This is a great challenge, of course. But it can lead to the hang-up of being overimpressed with craftsmanship at the expense of everything else.
The Hattersley Class: student pictures Do your children bug you?
If your children hug you, shoot them. Give free rein to a powerful inner urge that wells up within you! Let them have it!—at about 1/30 second at f/5.6. Bruce Buchenholz says that crying kids (above) really drive him up the wall. Fine. While he's up there he can get a high angle shot.
The idea for making a series of abtract images evolved as I looked into the finder of a 35-mm SLR. The dark interior of the eye-level prism gave me the feeling that I was alone in a darkened theater, looking at a movie screen. The images on the 35-mm focusing screen moved, and I thought: “Maybe my abstractions would look better in motion!”
Good titles aren’t a matter of buying a lettering set and squaring up the camera accurately. Moviemakers used to congratulate themselves merely for turning out lines properly straight and centered. The reflex finder, now standard on almost every camera, has wiped out much of the challenge at this level, and now there is no excuse for titles that lack freshness and sparkle.
You may not have noticed, but Kodachrome-X has changed
Even though the number and types of color slide films have increased manyfold, calling any color transparency a Kodachrome is a habit that persists. And to most photographers the term “Kodachrome” just means Kodachrome II, Daylight Type, a film against which others are measured.
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More and more cameras appear on the market that take either 120 or 220 film. Where does one get 220 film? I will be going on an expedition into South America in December and would much prefer using 220. —Ted Engel, Calgary, Alberta, Can. Eastman Kodak Co., 343 State St., Rochester, N.Y. 14650, now handles three types of 220 film: