Begin the New Year with a good deed. Send your pledge to give a sum equal to the orders received in your studio May 20th, 1915 - Papa Cramer's birthday - to the Gustav Cramer Memorial Fund. Pledges should be sent to E. B. Core, Sec.-Treas., 76 Landscape Ave., Yonkers, N. Y. The affairs of the Memorial are being handled for the present by the Executive Committee: Messrs. Philips, Core, McDonald, Harris, Noble, Clark, Strauss, Stein, Steckel, Wallinger, Knaffl, Rinehart, Hammer and Topliff. Mr. Philips, the chairman, will appoint the larger General Committee later.


Probably you know just as much about slow plates and their uses as the writer of this article. If you do, this will not be of so much interest to you as to the man who has seldom had use for any but portrait plates.

We all of us get in a rut at times - in fact, I have often found myself in a rut that I had never been out of, simply because I had never investigated to determine if there was anything better than the rut to travel in.

There are at the present time a great many photographic products that the average photographer has never tried, or, if he has, only in a half hearted way. Among these we might especially mention Process and other slow plates.

If you are a portrait photographer you will probably say you have no use for these plates, but even so, it is important that you know all about them, for you will have a use for them at some time, and if you are familiar with the results that may be secured, you are in a better position to do any kind of work that may come to you than one who has not had the experience.

Process plates give clean shadows and have an enormous amount of density. Let's see just where these qualities may be used. I remember being told of a remarkable piece of copying done in a

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By Tlieo. Ragu St. Louis, Mo.

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Fig. 1. Copy made on a Portrait Plate

A gift that money can't buy, but for you to give - the very thing. To friends and kinsfolk, your portrait at Christmas will carry a message of thoughtfulness that is next to a persona] visit. very complicated way. If I remember correctly, an ordinary negative was made of an old faded print, the negative being intensified as much as possible and retouched, after which an enlargement was made. This in turn was worked up and another negative made and intensified and the final prints made from the last negative. If a good Process plate had been used for the first negative, the probabilities are it would only have needed retouching. The intensifying could have been eliminated at all events.

Process plates are really essential for all kinds of line work and excellent results are easy to secure. We have often been asked to supply lantern slides of advertisements suitable for use in motion picture shows. Here is an excellent use for Process plates, and as it is not practical for us to supply these slides, the method of making them in your own studio should interest you.

Cut out one of the advertisements from page 22 of Studio Light and arrange it in proper proportions for a lantern slide, pasting it on a piece of cardboard for copying. You probably have your name and studio address on a letter-head or envelope in type of a size to correspond with that of the advertisement. Paste this across the bottom and rule a black line around the whole to give proper margins.Copy this with an ordinary plate and you will have a result

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A gift that money can't buy, but for you to give - the very thing. To friends and kinsfolk, your portrait at Christmas will carry a message of thoughtfulness that is next to a personal visit.


Fig. 2. Copy made on a Process Plate similar to Fig. 1. For this, a Seed 26 X plate was used, and as the cut shows, there was not sufficient density and contrast to hold up the high-lights. In Fig. 2, a Seed Process plate was used, the same paper was used for making both prints, the same exposure given and the result is all that could be desired. It will be as easy for you to make a contact lantern slide from your negative as to make a print. You may also find there is a demand for these clean, brilliant slides for advertising other than your own.Once you have used a Process plate you will never hesitate to take a job of photographing drawings, blue prints or line work of any description.Sometimes a copy requires >more softness than can be secured on a Process plate, in which case a Seed 23 or Seed C. Ortho may give the better result, the 23 being more contrasty than the C. Ortho and the C. Ortho, in turn, being more contrasty than the Seed 26 X.

In contrast or line work, when colors affect the result, a Process plate may still be used, the Process Panchromatic being especially suited for difficult colored subjects. It is equally essential that every man who wishes to take care of any work that comes his way, should know the value of Panchromatic plates.

Get acquainted with everything in photographic material that you can turn into dollars and cents and you won't have to turn work away or make an experiment with the wrong kind of material when you should be getting results that would bring you more business.