ON TAKING PICTURES


| November/December 1951



The Jolly Bunch Outfit

THE Jolly Bunch Outfit of J. J. Menchoffer, Morris, Ind., moving during the season of 1911. Mr. Menchoffer is standing at the side of the engine.

643 Bellefonte Avenue Lock Haven, Pa.

Here is a good and practical article on taking pictures. It may seem a little severe on first reading but as you study the pictures you find mostly truth in what the man says. The article is like a sermon-Not what we want to hear but what we ought to learn.

I am not a professional photographer and no expert at taking pictures. I have read considerable on the subject and have secured a few good pictures myself; therefore, I am willing to give to the clan any experience that I may have in order that they may secure better photographs.

You can get good pictures with a $2.00 camera and poor pictures with a $200.00 camera. The securing of good pictures depends more on following a few simple rules rather than on the cost of the ma chine. The first thing I would do before taking pictures would be to read and understand the instruction book and al so how to apply those instructions to my camera. Sometime ago I bought a new camera and in reading over the instruction book I found that there were a great many words I did not understand. I went to the dealer who explained them to me and on rereading the book the second time I found it much easier to understand. Your camera dealer is willing and anxious to help explain the workings of your camera to you.

Rather than set up some rules to follow let us take the July-August, 1951 edition of THE IRON MEN ALBUM and look at some of the pictures in it.

I think the picture on the cover page is an exceptionally good one. It shows a man at the controls of an engine and that is all it is supposed to show. Many times we include too much in a picture just to show one small part. How much better this picture is than if it had been taken at 40 feet! You will also notice that there is no distracting influence in the background.

The picture of the 110 Case at the bottom of page three is a good picture though it may have been better if the photographer had been just a little closer. The picture is well centered and the background is such that the main object stands out in clear cut relief.