High-Power Telephoto Photography
By Herbert C. McKay
A TELEPHOTO camera, suitable for the amateur, can be built up from an inexpensive box camera and a small telescope, or it can be made from one of the deluxe miniature cameras together with a highly corrected glass. Between these two extremes it is possible to arrange combinations of any degree of refinement.
Camera Inside a Football Films View from Air
Wonder what the stadium looks like to the football sailing through the air? You’ll soon know. For a novel sequence in a football picture filmed in the Rose Bowl by RKO-Radio Pictures, a sixteen-millimeter movie camera was fitted inside a football made of balsa wood. The lens looked out from a window in the end of the imitation ball. As the player forward-passed the football, a release spring started the camera grinding, and a panoramic view of the field and the players was recorded until the ball came to rest in the receiver’s arms.
Whenever I post photography articles I’m always amazed at how much harder it was to accomplish even the simplest of tasks before Photoshop and digital photography.
Vignetter Blocks Out Irregular Background
Blocking out the background of photographs in any shapeâ€”oval, round, or irregularâ€”is made simple with a vignetter now available. Made of black fiber, it has twenty-nine movable wings which can be manipulated into almost any position desired. In printing portraits as well as other photographs it is thus unnecessary to cut a special vignette to fit the shape of a particular picture. The movable wings are merely maneuvered to the proper outline and the vignette laid in position under the enlarger or printer.
It must have sucked to be a paparazzi in the days when a “candid” picture required a 14 second exposure. I love title “Wolf Pack” for that picture on page four.
These Are Photos I’ll Always Remember
By Joseph Costa, Chief Photographer, N.Y. Sunday Mirror Magazine, and Chairman of the Board National Press Photographers Association.
A veteran cameraman tells how he takes pictures that spice the headlines.
YOU may recall that sensational case in Ohio in the late ‘Twentiesâ€”the trial of Professor James Snook for the love-affair murder of Theora Hix, one of his students. I’ll never forget it, for I learned then that a photograph can sometimes perform a public service.
TWO-OUNCE CAMERA TAKES EIGHT PHOTOS
A pygmy camera, hardly larger than a golf ball, has been put upon the market in New York City. It weighs less than two ounces, and carries sufficient sixteen-millimeter film, the size used in amateur moving picture cameras, to take eight exposures. The camera’s size can be noted in the picture above.
HOW CHEMISTRY CREATES A PHOTOGRAPH
What goes on in the emulsion that coats film is shown by simple test-tube experiments.
By TRACY DIERS
THE film in your camera is thinly coated with one of the most unstable chemicals known to man. Silver bromide is its name, and from the moment of its birth it is kept in a cradle of darkness until in your camera a swift shaft of light seeks it out. The intricate and far-reaching changes brought to silver bromide by that flash of light are in part still secrets of nature. Much of what happens in your camera and in the darkroom is known, however, and can be shown at home with a few chemicals in a test tube.
PHOTO STAMP PRINTER
By Kenneth Murray
PRINTING up to 100 stamp-size photographs on a single sheet of 8×10 in. paper is easy with the MI Printer. After processing, each sheet can be gummed on the back, and cut so that individual stamps are available for attaching to personal stationery, books and other possessions.
Printing can be done from any negative; the mask opening is 7/8 x 7/8 in. This leaves a narrow white border on each stamp. Without changing the guides, you can substitute a mask with an opening twice as large and print 50 exposures on each sheet.
No. 1A Pocket Kodak, Series II
Kodak Anastigmat fÂ·7Â·7 lens is a sharp-shooterâ€”it puts keen definition in the negative. Result, snappy printsâ€”and enlargements when you want them.
The Eastman-made Diomatic shutter has four snap-shot speeds up to 1/100 second as well as time and bulb actions, and these speeds are accurate. This precision, plus the presence of the automatic exposure dial which gives the proper timing at a glance, means correctly exposed negatives.
Cameras Spin on Bicycle Wheel to Film Lightning Streak
Eight box cameras on a bicycle wheel are the “lightning chasers” built by Prof. John G. Albright of the Case School of Applied Science to trap lightning on film. Fast enough to photograph the component strokes of a lightning flash, its wheel is revolved four times a second while pictures are taken. In addition to the eight rotating cameras on the wheel there are three stationary cameras.
Cats Are Fun to Photograph
An expert reveals tricks that help you get good pictures of Tabby. Patience is the biggest requirement.
By Walter Chandoha
CATS are easy to photographâ€”if you can tap an unlimited supply of patience. Beyond that, all you need is a camera (I prefer a reflex) with flash attachment. An assistant, portrait lenses, a tripod and a flash extension are helpful, but by no means essential.