This section is from the "Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1913" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1913.
If you wish a small print from a negative for a locket or watch, it is not necessary to make a print and a negative, as some have been accustomed to doing. Instead, make the reduced print in the camera, after the following method:
Cut an opening in a large piece of cardboard and fasten the negative into this opening with binding strips. Hang the cardboard in a window which has been covered with one thickness of white tissue paper. The large cardboard mask which holds the negative will shield the lens from the light of the window. Place your camera square with the negative and focus image on the ground glass to the exact size of print wanted.
Place a sheet of Artura or Bromide paper between two pieces of clear glass and place in plate holder the same as a dry plate. Stop the lens down slightly, make the exposure and develop the print in the usual way.
The time of exposure will depend upon the lens, negative, strength of light and kind of paper used, but an experiment or two will give one a good idea of what exposure is necessary.
Not more than one or two of these prints are ordered, as a rule, and the above method will save much time and trouble when you have the original negative.
In a recent issue of the Baltimore Sun appeared a large halftone illustration of a very pretty child with a white bunny held in its arms.
A note above the illustration gave the name and age of the child and the name of the photographer, stating that this same pet bunny had posed in more than two hundred and fifty of the photographer's child studies and was apparently very much contented with his part in the work of the studio.
From An Artura Iris Print By The Kidd Studio. Roanoke, Va.
Below the picture, in display type, was the name, address and telephone number of the studio and the line "Sittings by Appointment Only."
We see two very good suggestions here for other photographers. The advertising evidently had to be paid for by the photographer, but the attractive illustration was probably inserted free of charge. We presume the little girl was the daughter of some prominent citizen or society matron.
The second suggestion is the use of a pet to hold the attention of the child while negatives are being made. The writer knows of several studio pets that have earned their living by posing with children, and the pictures are often very attractive.
Dust on plates comes from the inside of the camera more often than from the outside. Wipe the inside of the bellows with a damp cloth and avoid dust specks.
Your family and friends want pictures of you as they are accustomed to see you - pictures with your natural, conversational expression.
Such portraits are a pleasure for us to make and for you to have made. Drop in and have a chat - you will hardly know you are being photographed. This is modern photography - the result is a natural, intimate likeness.
St. Paul, Minn...........August 12. 13. 14
Des Moines, Iowa.........August 19. 20, 21
Milwaukee, Wis. . .......August 26, 27, 28
Syracuse, N. Y......... . September 2, 3, 4
Albany, N. Y.........September 10, 11, 12
Washington, D. C. .......September 16, 17, 18
Cincinnati, Ohio . .....September 23, 24, 25