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

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Manufacturers of cameras such as Eastman, Bell and Howell, DeVry, Cine-Ansco, Victor and now Stewart-Warner have done great work in getting precision machinery of ama- teur cameras down to the simple and practically fool-proof stage. There are less gears to get out of order and wear, less parts to thread up and in all ways simplification has been the keynote. Making it possible for the amateur to get as good results as the highest paid professional cine photographer has been the objective of the manufacturer, and likewise the pur- pose of the authors of this little book is to help make movie photography still more simple, and incidentally more enjoyable. This is not a text book of photography. It merely attempts to set down a few simple principles of making good pictures so that he Avho runs may read, and the next time he is out in the field with his movie camera or his kodak, may remember a few of the points which will be of assistance to him as a guide in avoiding some of the common errors . . . and heighten the quality of his work. As a reference book it should find a place in everyone's camera equipment. Of course, if anyone wishes to accomplish much in special- ized photography, intensive study and application to that par- ticular branch, whether it be portrait, X-ray, studio, newspaper or pictorial picture-making, is absolutely necessary. But to the amateur who wishes only to have clear, well-composed and satisfactory pictures, intensive study is not only unnecessary but will lead him into a labyrinth of despair with the resulting pictures being exceedingly mediocre, and he will find that his wished-for pleasure in picture-making has disappeared, its place being taken by "great gobs" of extremely unsatisfactory work. 10 I