This section is from the "Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909.
In taking up the use of developing papers for portraiture the professional has been seemingly somewhat perplexed as to just the quality of negative to use for best results. This state of mind has been largely brought about by some manufacturers of devel-oping-out papers whose products possessed but slight range in gradation, necessitating a soft and comparatively flat negative to produce anything like passable results. Make soft negatives make thin negatives - make flat negatives - make this and make that - anything to dodge the real issue - that their product could not satisfactorily fill the bill.
What the busy professional wants and must have is a paper that will print all the values of the average negative of good, full strength and density - and. without having to experiment with a dozen or more grades of paper before he is sure he has the one that will afford him the desired result. What he wants is a paper that will yield a first-class print from a negative that will yield a good print on Aristo.
Nepera is pitched to duplicate Aristo in gradation - therein lies one of the secrets of its immediate and great success. No experimenting under the light, no experimenting in the dark-room no juggling to produce a guess-work negative.
Make good, snappy, brilliant negatives. Nepera has the softness, gradation and latitude to receive and retain every value.
The paper should be too soft rather than too hard - a paper too hard is hopeless; with the softer paper both color and contrast are easy to control. For instance: Velvet Nepera developed in normal developer will give warm tones, but a decided olive can be obtained by adding common salt and bromide of potassium in equal quantities to the normal developer. The addition of bromide of potassium to the developer for Nepera not only controls the color of the print, but also reduces contrast, quite contrary to its action with other developing papers, but the contrast can be presented or increased as necessary by the addition of salt. Make your negatives as you would for Aristo, the latitude and gradation of Nepera will give you all there is in the negative.
You have just about ninety days before the National Convention - and you really haven't got that many in which to make up your mind to attend and plan things for smooth running while you are away.
Plan now to attend, it's going to be worth while, it isn't every year that can give you a vacation, pleasure, profit and instruction all in one. There never was a National Convention but what was worth every man's while to attend, and the Convention at Rochester is going to surpass them all in interest and pleasure.
You must want to see the factories that produce the goods you use every day, to learn how they are made, packed and shipped, and to acquire that personal knowledge that will be sure to make your handling of them more pleasurable and successful. Every facility for visiting and inspecting these factories will be afforded you during the convention, and everything will be done to make this part of your visit both pleasant and profitable.
The citizens of Rochester are interested in you, and in your coming, more than in any other class of her many other visitors, because you are so closely allied with her greatest industry - and they'll let you know you are welcome. The convention officials are busy - too busy to talk much just now, but they'll have things doing in the convention.
Rochester, July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24,..
Sidney Allan (Sadakichi Hart-mann) has written a good book on Composition in Portraiture. Sidney Allan writes entertainingly and to the point, and. not in common with most writers on this subject, has so worded his descriptions, and so fully illustrated them with pictures and diagrams, that his meaning is made absolutely clear.
There are chapters on The Placing of the Head, The Management of Hands, Standing Positions, Sitting Positions, Backgrounds, The Arrangement of Groups, Forms and Values and Light Effects.
The book is written with special reference to the needs of the photographer and should prove a great aid in the production of artistic portraiture.
The book is published by Edward L. Wilson, New York, and the price is three dollars.