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

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average person who is interested in photography, because Bruce was the rankest kind of "rank amateur/' possessed of no money, and only had a hankering for the outdoors and a liking for wandering and taking snapshots, and he turned his likes and his natural bent into a profession in which he reached the top in just a few short years. Forced out West because of ill health, and forced out of a job of ranching because the crops failed, Bruce hit upon the fact that anyone can work better and get things done quicker by doing the things he enjoys doing. Because he liked the out- doors and rambling in the mountains he looked around for the sort of a job which could be done just that ay ay. Deciding that it was photography, and knowing nothing about photography, Mr. Bruce deliberately started to And out something about "it in the quickest way. One of the first things was a camera, which now isn't even as difficult and as expensive as it Avas then for the amateur; and Avhile he Avas "promoting" the camera, he set about to study the films on the screen, to minutely figure out hoAV many scenes to the average reel, how long a scene Avas necessary to cover so much ground, and Iioav many Avords one could put into a title Avhich lasted just so long on the screen, and a lot of other little things Avhich the casual movie-goer doesn't notice. When Bruce started out to make his little scenics of the Pacific NorthAvest he had to learn by painstaking effort a lot of things which the makers of movie cameras have since simpli- fied for the novice, and he worked out over a period of years many principles of composition, lighting, and exposure and hundreds of other details of the "game" which he has iioav put into the interesting chapters of this book. Mr. Bruce had what the average movie photographer in the amateur ranks has today, a liking for registering the beauties of nature, for catching the interesting and amusing everyday doings of children and dogs, and just folks. Then he put into these pictures the soul of an artist, the human philosophy of the old mountaineer, and the skill of a painstaking workman. [132]