Here's a lesson relearned that may be worth sharing with your readers, along with a problem I'd like help in solving. The lesson relearned is the old standby of getting rid of scratches on negatives, especially when they appear on the nonemulsion side.
RAPID OMEGA 100, RAPID OMEGA 200 are two new camera names that indicate photokina first-lookers may have a surprise. The present Rapid will become the 100 series with interchangeable film magazines, but, as now, not interchangeable in mid-roll.
I bought English-made Kodachrome-X film with processing included. The slip enclosed gives only two U.S. Kodak processing labs. Am I restricted to these two, or will other Kodak labs handle the film, honoring the prepaid processing? Arthur R. Schmidt, New York, N. Y.
Among collectors and photographic art gallery adherents, the idea persists that a photographer should make a limited edition of a picture and then destroy the negative. As with etching, woodblock making, lithography, and other graphic arts, this is then supposed to raise the value of the artists’ images.
Last month I talked about previsualizing what light can do for your pictures to make better candid, available-light shots. And once you start with this, you’re well on your way. But there are some special pitfalls to be aware of to really increase your percentage of meaningful low-light images.
History was made recently in the growing status of teaching photography as an art medium, with the establishment of the first professorship in the study of photographic history. The new chair is the David Hunter McAlpin Professorship of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University.
Last month’s column touched on some of the video tape developments at the 6th annual Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Now it is time to come down to earth and report on a few of the more mundane unveilings. Touring the peripheries of the huge exhibition halls, this reporter noticed a few recording accessories which, while not earth-shattering, might be of interest to many tapists.
What is the difference between “sound-on-sound" and “.sound-with-sound"? Though the exact meaning of the terms depends to some extent on what the recorder's manufacturer intended, as a general rule “sound-on-sound” means that you can record on track 1, then record track 1 plus a microphone or phone signal (mixed) on track 2.
Just because someone finds reading articles about old pictures or cameras interesting or has one or two “oldies” hanging around the house, he can’t really be called a collector. There are frequent attempts, though, to apply that label to people and, once having applied it, to try to count noses or speculate as to how many “collectors” there might be in America (or the world, even).
Philip Trager, a lawyer by vocation, has demonstrated a steady and sure evolution in photography, his style having changed remarkably from manipulated graphics to the strength of the view-camera image. The 12 images in Echoes of Silence reflect care in selection and printing; they were taken over a period of four years, from 1967 to 1971, the majority being dated 1970 and 1971.
Do you remember your reaction the first time you saw a sharpshooter hit the bull's-eye while looking into a mirror, with the rifle over his shoulder? The degree of my amazement was about the same as I watched an Ektachrome print being processed by Aeroprint sprays.
This is my private opinion, and I guess I'm stuck with it, hut nonetheless I figured that you might want to bounce it off the wall over at your place. A couple of years back, I wrote a very personal column, addressed to my son who was considering photojournalism as a career.
George Krause-1, 60 black-and-white photograph by George Krause, introduction by Mark Power. Haverford, Pa.: Toll and Armstrong, 1972; hardcover, $9.75. George Krause is a young Philadelphian whose work is perhaps not as well known as it should be.
Next time you’re in Rochester, N.Y., drop by 900 East Avenue. On a bookshelf in the cozy library of the house, there’s a volume bearing the title, Reveries of a Bachelor. Viewing it from the roped-off center of the small room, one is tempted to reach over the rope and sample excerpts from it—perhaps dwelling on a passage that amused the original reader.
Photosculptures by Jack Hunt, Larry Crawford and Tom Abbott—“The Egg and Eye," at Neikrug Galleries, New York City (July 11-August 30). About two years ago, Jack Hunt became intrigued by the idea of using the egg in sculpture. At first he planned to apply graphics to the eggs, but gradually became interested in the possibility of using photographs instead.
Bolex 250 super 8 features: 8→40-mm f/ 1.8 lens, two-speed power zoom, manual focal-length setting knob, focusing from 4 ft., 18 and 24 fps running speeds, singleframe filming, battery cheek, reflex viewfinder with coincident image rangefinder focusing, subtracting counter, and uses five penlight cells for automatic diaphragm and film drive.
The publishers' autumn lists indicate there are some exciting new books about to be released, from which a photographer may gain new insights. Here's a roundup of important photo book titles. A leader in the creation of monographs and great photography books is Aperture.
I’m supposed to submit my car to a check-up, oil change, lube, etc., every 6,000 miles. I checked the odometer the other day and discovered that in the last nine months “ole faithful” went only 3,000 miles. That’s a long time to go without a check-up.
At Marco Island, a sun-drenched resort community on the southwest coast of Florida, the callinectes sapidus wishes not to be disturbed. What’s a callinectes sapidus? As avid fishermen know, it’s a blue crab, hailed by seafood lovers as better eating than the celebrated stone crab.
The place you call your home tells a lot about you. Here are some reasons, practical and sentimental, for making a record of it
people are eager to take pictures when they go on a trip, but that’s like carrying coals to Newcastle—or postcards to Paris. The best time to take pictures is when you are at home; and one of the best subjects for your camera is your own home. While your home may not tell all your secrets, and it may not even, as they say, speak volumes about you, it usually offers some fleeting glimpses that are more penetrating than anything you might view from the Eiffel Tower.
How to make extra-long exposures with fully-automatic, electronicshutter cameras
CORA WRIGHT KENNEDY
Maybe you haven't looked around recently, but there are a lot of fully automatic cameras that carry exposure control down to unbelievable limits beyond one sec, like four, eight, 10, 15 or more sec. How do you make the most of this electronic shutter wizardry?
The photographer who wants to control his lighting can use a great variety of relatively small lights that are portable, easy to mount (on camera or off), and in general present very few distracting problems when you are trying to concentrate on the subject.
Look before you leap! It takes more than a camera and lots of talent to make it on your own—successfully
Free-lancing can be a great life style. No boss, no timeclock, no fixed, dull routine. You are your own man (or woman) with the freedom to create a pattern of work and play that is utterly personal and individualistic. For many photographersturned-professional, the free-lance way is so satisfying and rewarding they wouldn’t dream of doing otherwise.
ing treats for us at photokina. No newcomer to multi-layer coating techniques (having employed the process for years in certain microscope objectives and scientific instruments), Zeiss now offers the improved coating on almost all of its camera lenses.
Getting enough light on the subject, and correct exposure to boot, has always been a hassle in close-up shooting. It's no problem, of course, if the subject holds perfectly still, and all you want is an arty shot, with the background selectively fuzzy.
vest replete with pockets, gadgetry and small souvenirs, Lloyd enters each new territory as “a sort of pied piper or clown. People take me for granted as just another crazy photographer and probably the funniest thing they ever saw. Since people you don’t know are strangers wherever you arc, they are suspicious unless you give them a frame of reference by which they can accept you, even laugh at you.
Fill-in flash? Simple when a little computer unit does the homework!
Greater freedom in shooting electronic flash is here. Down with guide number calculations! Down with recalculating the f-stop every time you change lampto-subject distance! Up with the new computer electronic flash units, pioneered by Honeywell, and now joined by many other manufacturers.
sharing certain styling characteristics, these lenses show enough differences in external appearance to help you to avoid mistakes when reaching for one. The two that look most alike are the 24-mm and the 35-mm lenses. But, even with their front caps in place, the difference is easy to see, because the 35-mm lens has its name and data engraved on the outside surface of the front ring, while the 24-mm lens carries its data more conventionally, on the retaining ring surrounding the front element.
Who was Alexey Brodovitch? A man, a mystique, a legend? A genius, an eccentric? Many of us who never knew him except by reputation as the man who revolutionized the concepts of graphic arts, design, and photography, have been trying to fit together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle by collecting stories, facts, and anecdotes from those who were his friends, associates, and students.
You can think of movies as made up of two separate parts. One is the action—the episode you've found interesting enough to take a number of shots of it. The second is the transition—something that signifies that the action is complete and ended, and that you're going on to the next one.
The fast and ultrafast 35-mm films, and how to push them to even higher speeds when you need it
With a high-speed film you can take pictures under dim light conditions without having to resort to artificial light. Unfortunately, to obtain high emulsion speed in films, something has to be sacrificed. In most cases it's the fine-grain characteristics that you'd find in their lower-speed siblings.
Lively experiment: expert evaluation for$1 per critic
HARVEY V. FONDILLER
It was probably the biggest photo bargain in New York: for $3, you could have six of your pictures criticized by any three of 35 professionals from a roster that included some of the best-known names in photography. The occasion was Critique '72, recently sponsored by the New York Region of the Society for Photographic Education, at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Friends of Photography Gallery, Sunset Cultural Center, San Carlos at 9th, Carmel: Routh. Robbins, and Julian. Oct. 3-Nov. 12. Dave Bohn. Oct. 14-Nov. 19 Significant Directions Photogallery, 41 2 "G" St., Davis: monthly exhibits Ohio Silver Gallery, 11554 Ohio Ave.
Plastic gallon jugs, used by many darkroom workers to store solutions, splash the chemicals when they are poured out. One remedy is to make a hole in the handle, above the liquid level, preferably with a soldering pencil (top). Solutions will pour freely.
Exhibitors from abroad are what make photokina international, and the Japanese, in particular, traditionally contribute much of the excitement. What makes it so exciting are surprises—and the Japanese security is tight enough to make sure there will be plenty of those.
While in Europe. I purchased some Agfa color film. The boxes are unlike any I've seen in the U.S. Instead of Agfachrome, one orange box says Agfacolor CT18. The other boxes are silver and say Agfachrome 50S Professional. How can I have this film processed in the U.S.?