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Practice Work. For your first experiments it will not be necessary for you to go into the woods, as you may photograph a hen standing beside her nest. Another photograph may be secured when the little chicks make their appearance, breaking out of their first home - the egg. From the time they are a week old until you have the young feathered chicken of three months, several interesting records may be made. After a little experience with this subject, it will be possible for you to proceed to photograph the wild birds and animals in the woods. One method which will give very satisfactory results is to place the camera in position, perhaps to an adjacent tree, and by using nuts or other tempting food, bait your subject to the spot you have focused upon and then make the exposure. Of course, it will be necessary to use either a long rubber tube or a string to work the shutter, and to stand at some little distance from your instrument, which latter should be protected as much as possible from the view of your subject. The best of results will only be secured by having more or less of a knowledge of the class of subjects you are to photograph, their habits, individual peculiarities, etc. When making a series of records of the life of an animal, bird or insect, you should provide yourself with an album having interchangeable leaves so that the prints may be inserted at any time.
637. Make a memorandum of the methods employed to secure the photograph and also make a note of all important points connected with the subject shown in that particular print. Further than this, it will be advisable for you to make proof prints as soon as each negative is developed and place all data on the back of the proof, filing it in your proof file. This latter procedure is quite important for you might neglect to make a print and place it in your album until you have forgotten the important points which may be of vital importance regarding the subject photographed.
YOUNG KING BIRDS NEST AND EGGS, KING BIRD MOTHER KING BIRD.
Study No. 42 By John M. Schreck
A DULL OCTOBER DAY Study No. 43 - See Page 310 By John Chislett.