First Steps In Photography By J. C. H. Wallsgrove, Medallist In Practical Photography And Chemistry, Exhibitor At Royal Photographic Society's And Other Leading Exhibitions, Author Of "Plain Talks With Beginners," And "The Photographic Department - Its Inception And Management," "Photo-Prelims," Etc.

The preparation of the fourth edition of this little book has been undertaken with some amount of pleasure on account of the very favourable reception accorded to its immediate predecessor - respecting its practical and simple explanations - by the Press and by Beginners who have found its teachings of great use to them.

The new edition has been more profusely illustrated with drawings lettered in such a manner that they may be easily connected with the text. From this cause it has been necessary to practically re-write the whole work. This feature should be of great assistance to the reader, as it renders the descriptions so much clearer. The drawings have been made without any intention of illustrating any special make of apparatus, but to explain the structural arrangements and to show the principles underlying the various movements.

To be successful in the practice of photography it is essential that it is not undertaken in any haphazard sort of manner. It requires thought, system and cleanliness. Results do not so much depend upon the apparatus as upon the individual using it. Good apparatus in the hands of a good worker will always turn out good work, but it is equally capable of producing inferior work in the hands of the careless, and again it is astonishing what really creditable work poor apparatus can do in the hands of a capable worker.

The aim of this little book is to state in a concise and simple way the simple truths in the practice of photography. As the worker progresses and it becomes necessary to make "Second Steps," it cannot be better done than by consulting a specialized work treating only upon the subject on which he is desirous of obtaining information. Practically every department of photography has its own special book. Whilst touching upon "Specialization" it is suggested to the reader that, having acquired a good general knowledge of photography, if there should be a desire to make further progress, the very best thing to do is to make a special study of one branch, or in other words "To Specialize."

Preface To The Fifth Edition

The dominating scheme of the fourth edition has been retained in this issue; the matter has, however, been subjected to a very careful revision and fresh added in order that it may be thoroughly up-to-date.

J. C. H. Wallsgrove.



The Negative

Plate I. The Negative.

This Plate illustrates the Arrangement of Parts and Lights of the Subject in the Negative, when it (the Negative) is held at an angle of 45 degrees to a piece of white paper or card.

The Positive

Plate 2. The Positive.

This Plate illustrates the Arrangement of Parts and Lights of the Subject in the Positive.