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

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see that it "suggests" a reminiscent mood, and you are thinking with the boy a whole train of memories. So it is with the pic- ture of George Fawcett and his dog, Scene 67, page 55. Getting a simple story of chronological order into a series of home pictures will be quite easy to attain in many types of amateur photography. For instance suppose the pictures are being made by a boy or girl old enough to go away on a week's vacation on a farm or at a summer camp. A most interesting reed can be made up of "a day at the camp/ 1 including in proper sequence a scene of each regular event of the day's sport, It will not always be possible to film them all in the same day, but the picture-maker can make up his own outline of what will be in tin 1 finished picture, and the scenes can be caught at the right opportunity, starting, if it is in a typical boy s sum- mer camp, with the bugler calling them up in the morning, following with a (dose shot of a sleepy head ('merging from the covers, and so on through the trips and games of the day and ending with an effect shot of the campfire at night. At the start when making pictures around the home, espe- cially with children and with animals, the amateur will doubt- less find his greatest satisfaction coming from the use of a fixed focus type of camera which will allow him to shoot quicker and follow his rapidly-moving subjects with greater ease. You will not be able to do much "posing" of children; in fact the posed pictures will not be nearly as good as the pic- tures which are caught on the fly, so to speak. If a child wasn't out of one thing and into a couple of others in a few shakes of a lamb's tail, it wouldn't be a natural child. And it is tin 1 naturalness of the youngster at play which you will want to catch in your pictures if they are to give you the greatest plea- sure at the time as well as in later years. Making pictures like this is comparable to the Brownie snapshotting which many of us did when we first had a camera. The enjoyment of the camera-user will be greater in ratio to the simplicity with which he can get good pictures, and this is especially true in making movies of the family, the children and the animals. [ 51 ]