Tricks That Enable You to Take Secret Pictures (Oct, 1934)

Tricks That Enable You to Take Secret Pictures

TRICKS used by press photographers and detectives come in handy when it is desired to snap imposed photographs of friends or members of the family. For such pictures photographers usually use tiny, easily concealed cameras. Despite their size, these midget cameras are surprisingly fast and accurate, and their wide angle lenses make the use of a range finder unnecessary. One of the commoner ways of screening a camera from the intended subject is to cover it with a handkerchief until the trigger is released. Occasionally the camera is carried in a vest pocket with the lens shielded by the wearer’s coat. At the moment of snapping the picture, the coat is pulled back and the shutter tripped with the free hand. Cardboard cartons and even books sometimes serve as camouflage. With a carton, a hole is cut in one side and the opening covered by a hand until the picture is snapped. In preparing a book as a place of concealment, a cavity is hollowed out of the leaves and a hole just large enough to take the lens is cut on one cover as is shown in the illustration at the right.

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