This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
453. The majority of the camera users at the seaside can be divided into three different classes. We do not include tintype photographers, but simply consider amateur photographers, who are usually visitors, enjoying a holiday at the seashore.
454. In the first place, there is the amateur who carries a camera because it is the fashion. He generally favors a small size and the type of kodak which will fold into small space. If the camera or kodak needs but the pressing of a button to secure the exposure, and has no focusing mechanism or appliances to attend to, he is more than satisfied; being quite content to occasionally point the instrument in the direction of a distant yacht or a group of young lady excursionists, "just for the fun of the thing."
455. The second type is the enthusiastic snap-shotter, who may be termed the "plate-maker's friend." At the seaside he uses more plates in a week than he cares to think about in calmer moments, later on. While he is in the field he will shoot away at probably anything in sight, counting himself fortunate to secure even one or two good pictorial negatives. As a rule, you will see him rushing back to his hotel, or to the local dealer's dark-room, to load up his plate holders or magazine for the second or third time during the day. If he employs films, his pockets will bulge out with spools, with which he is well supplied. This class of amateur conscientiously develops every photograph he takes, and later makes postcards from the negatives, to send to friends who have not been so fortunate as to have enjoyed a vacation. True, some good pictures will be secured and his work may prove to be sufficiently good to make his non-photographic friends envious, or sufficiently bad to make his contemporaries endeavor to produce something better.
456. To the third class belongs the serious worker, who sets about the picture making business in earnest. He regards each snap of his shutter with the satisfied air of the fisherman who has just landed a fine specimen of trout. He makes a box of plates or a spool of film last an entire holiday, but secures something good with each exposure.
457. Quite closely related to this worker is another, who, although equally careful and thoughtful of details, is bound in fetters of conventionalism that render him helpless without an exposure meter. His pockets bulge with note books and tables, and exposures are calculated with the same precision that he employs in weighing out hypo, or pyro. He permits no room for error, and is emphatic in reasoning. In fact nothing can be done approximately - everything must be just so. In the end, no one sees his results.
The Camera. For holiday work the view camera and tripod are not much in favor at the seaside, for many reasons. Aside from the fact that seaside work will probably include pictorial material with a certain amount of motion, the light is so actinic, during the summer, that snapshot exposures used with a slow plate are almost always a necessity. Beyond the occasional opportunity for composing a picture on the focusing screen, there is very little need for using a camera on the tripod at all.