Camera secrets of Hollywood : simplified photography for the home picture maker (1931)

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Chapter I S IMPLIFIED PHOTOGBAPE V m x amusing account appeared some time ago in one of the humorous weeklies describing ;i typical scene where a young couple were presenting, "with pro- fuse apologies," some movies of their vacation in Colorado. The pictures were with sound accompaniment, the sound beingmainly the voice of Elmer making alibi thus, "Well, you can'1 just see what this is but take my word for it it was a perfectly gorgeous view from that point, and there should be a snow- capped mountain in the background." Then Elmer's wife would chime in with a little gurgle to the effect that, "That's Elmer over there on tin 1 rock. Yes, it's a little dark but I guess I got my hand over part of the lens right there. Now wasn't that perfectly silly of me?"—and so on for reels and reels until the best friends finally got their hats and coats and with mutter- ings about having to go home and let the don out, were off in disgust. And it would have been so easy for Mr. and Mrs. Elmer to make the pictures good while they were about it if they had only taken the simple little apparatus which they found in the Christmas stocking from Uncle Philip and used just a few more minutes of time before the bus left for Manitou to make a "good" shot of the view. The human (dement, which is to err, is still with us. although the film manufacturers like Eastman, Dupont, Agfa and the others with super-sensitive stock and the tine labor- atory work that one can get, have made it easier and easier to get good pictures under conditions which are far from perfect for light and climatic variations.