This section is from the "Studio light a magazine of information for the profession 1915" book, by Sara F. T. Price. Also see Amazon: Studio light a magazine of information for the profession 1915.
From all indications and predictions, the National Convention of the Photographers' Association of America, to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., July 19th to 24th, will be one of the largest and best in its history.
Indianapolis is a beautiful city and has many attractions for the visitor, all of which will be displayed to the best possible advantage by the entertainment committee, assisted by the Chamber of Commerce, the local photographers, stock dealers and manufacturers.
Indianapolis has a great number of modern hotels with rates and conveniences to suit the man and his pocket-book, and all of them are within reasonable distance of the German House which has been selected for the Convention. The German House is one of the most beautiful clubs in the city and has ample accommodations for all convention purposes.
Indianapolis has come to be a great convention city, because it is logically situated near the center of population of the United States, has excellent railroad service to all parts of the country and is the center of a great network of interurban roads. These will pour the greater share of the photographic population of the adjoining states into this national meeting.
It has been a number of years since the photographers of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois have had a National Convention so near home, and they should avail themselves of this opportunity and help make the convention a grand success.
The board is planning a program that will be strong in educational and business features and that will be of value to every photographer attending. The national organization is gradually becoming stronger and, with the increased membership that is expected, it should become an important factor in solving the problems and shaping the affairs of the profession.
Every member is requested to send two pictures for the exhibit this year instead of three. All of the pictures will be judged and rated. The judges will decide upon a certain percentage and all pictures rating above that mark will be catalogued. All others will be hung but not catalogued, and, as your name need not appear on the pictures, you can send your work and have it for comparison with that of other photographers without your identity being disclosed, should your work fall below the rating standard set by the judges.
A number of pictures will be selected from the exhibit for the permanent salon, as in previous years, and another series of pictures will be exhibited with criticisms offered by the authors of the pictures.
The Women's Federation has done much to interest the women in the National Association, and one of the educational numbers of the program will be devoted to the women. The pictures submitted by the women of the Federation will make a separate display and will be hung in a room to themselves.
One of the important entertainment features of the Convention - we might say, the most important, will be the Tuesday afternoon "ice-breaker." The fun will start with a progressive luncheon, the plan being for each manufacturer or dealer to serve one course of the luncheon, making it necessary to visit each of the booths to secure the complete menu. If you do not get acquainted with everyone on Tuesday afternoon, or at the dinner dance on the same evening, it will be your own fault.
Everyone enjoys a thrill, and this is to be supplied by a real automobile race on the great Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Not merely an exhibition of fast driving, but a real race between cars and drivers who can go something like - well, they go mighty fast on that track - so we are told.
There will be plenty of entertainment to fill in between the sessions devoted to serious business, and you will undoubtedly profit by arranging to arrive on Tuesday and spend the balance of the week at the Indianapolis Convention.
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FROM AN ARTURA IRIS PRINT
By Sweet Studio
L. D. Sweet, Proprietor
The following letter is only one example of the many expressions of appreciation of Eastman Portrait Film quality:
Alton, Illinois, Feb. 6, 1915. Eastman Kodak Co.,
Rochester, N. Y. Gentlemen:
I am just through developing 120 exposures on 8 x 10 Portrait Films, made in Florida during the last three weeks. I had not a single bad film, though a number of them were made under trying conditions, i. e., pictures on the ocean beach, interiors directly against windows, etc. The films were not in the least affected by the dampness. In fact, I made several exposures outdoors when it was raining. I never before had such fine results in taking pictures of oranges and grapefruit - the fruit showing clearly on all my negatives, without even the use of a yellow filter. As I had to travel around a good deal, the lightness of the Portrait Film Holders was a great convenience, and I had no difficulty whatever in loading same in perfect darkness - the films lying perfectly flat against the septum.
As I had written to you in regard to the use of films in the South, I thought it might interest you to know what results I had with them.
Thanking you for the information given me, I am,and this is the reason Portrait Film users are so enthusiastic over their exceptional quality and many conveniences.
Very truly yours,
L. B. Kopp.
This may seem a rather remarkable performance, but it is nothing more than other photographers are doing with films every day. Such results are the rule rather than the exception,
Portrait Films are such an innovation that many photographers imagine their use means a radical change in working methods at a considerable expense to the user, but such is not the case.
Films are naturally handled differently from plates, but much more easily when proper care is used. The small amount of room they occupy when filed away makes the storage problem a very simple one, while the fact that films are flexible, unbreakable and very light in weight, makes them easy to handle, safe to mail, eliminates breakage and lightens the load of the man who must carry a number of loaded holders.
But quality and the non-halation properties of films are their salient points, and these are worth the serious consideration of every portrait or commercial photographer.
The remarkable results that others secure should induce you to give Portrait Films more than a perfunctory trial, and when you have demonstrated to your own satisfaction their superior capabilities, you will be more enthusiastic over films than you have ever been over glass plates.
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