Smith and Brown both used the same kind of plates, but when the hot season struck them, Smith began to have plate trouble, while Brown had none. Same kind of plates and same kind of weather, to be sure, but Smith and Brown were not the same kind of workmen. Brown had profited by previous hot weather experience and took precautions - Smith went along in the same old rut and blamed the plates when they became soft.

It is just about as easy to do things Brown's way, and it is certainly less expensive than spoiling even a few negatives.

You cannot use a fixing bath in hot weather until it is worn out, and expect the emulsion to remain firm on your negatives. Brown knew this from experience and made a fresh fixing bath every few days. Smith was as much averse to making a fixing bath as to breaking in a new pair of shoes, so fresh fixing baths were just about that few and far between, in his studio. Of course he would dump in a pound of hypo once in a while, but as a worn out acid fixing bath has more of a tendency to soften a plate than to harden it, he would have been better off had he made afresh, plain hypo bath.

A plate demonstrator recently made forty-two calls on photographers and found one Brown and forty-one Smiths. That is, he found one man out of forty-two who had a fixing bath properly made that would fix a plate in fifteen minutes. Most of the others required twenty-five to thirty minutes and some more than half an hour.

In hot weather a single-coated plate should be thoroughly fixed in from eight to fifteen minutes, preferably eight, and if the bath is fresh and contains the proper amount of acid, the plate is better for remaining in the bath at least twice the length of time it takes it to become perfectly clear. Such plates will be harder and will require much less washing, fifteen minutes in running water usually being ample time to remove all traces of hypo. This short washing is a great advantage in hot weather, but the negatives should remain in afresh, quick working acid fixing bath at least twenty minutes, if you want them to wash quickly.

Making fixing baths is a very simple matter if you go about it in the right way. Have a stock solution of hardener that will answer all purposes - the Artura hardener is a good one - and all that is necessary to make a plate fixing bath is to dissolve two pounds of hypo in a gallon of water and add five ounces of this hardener. The Stock Solution Hardener for plates and Artura paper is made as follows:

From An Artura Iris Print By The Kidd Studio Roanoke, Va.

From An Artura Iris Print By The Kidd Studio Roanoke, Va.

Water......... 80 ozs.

E. K. Co. Sulphite of Soda . . 8 ozs.

No. 8 Commercial Acetic Acid 48 ozs.

Powdered Alum...... 8 ozs.

Try fixing plates as they should be fixed, making up a fresh bath at least once a week, and you will not only see that the results are worth the slight additional trouble, but you will also save time and money.

Three Studios

Messrs. Cole and Holladay, operating studios in Danville, Va., and Durham, N. C, have purchased the Kidd Studio of Roanoke, Va., Mr. Frank M. Johnson having been placed in charge as operator and manager. Messrs. Cole and Holladay have made a business success of their studios and are known throughout the South as representative men of their profession, from an artistic as well as a business standpoint. Mr. Cole, who has charge of the Danville studio, is a delegate to the National Convention, while Mr.

Holladay, of Durham, is President of the Virginia and Caro-linas Association.

Mr. Johnson is a young man of much ability, as will be seen by the reproductions of his work which we are privileged to use as illustrations for this issue of Studio Light, and we predict a very successful business for this new Cole and Holladay studio.

Such progrcssiveness on the part of photographers is an indication of good business judgment, back of which one usually finds good judgment in other things as well, such as the employment of workmen, the selection of materials and methods of advertising. In the case of this particular firm of photographers, the selection of the materials which go to make up the excellent work of their studios, has had much to do with their success. Artura is the paper used exclusively for the high grade work of all three studios, and the excellent clientele of each is proof of the customer's appreciation of Artura quality.

Every delicate tone, or step of gradation in your negative is reproduced in the print on Artura.

The family in a group photograph - before they have left the old fireside and gone out into the big world - Ever think of it?

Nothing preserves the home atmosphere and home memories like a group picture with father and mother in the center.

And, when the family is scattered how glad you will be that you had it done in time.

Photography almost puts this obligation on us. Make the appointment to-day.

There's a photographer in your town. Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y.

There's a photographer in your town. Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y.