This section is from the "Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1917" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1917.
A clever idea in group arrangement comes to us from the Holmboe Studio, Bismarck, N. D., and we are glad to pass it on to Studio Light readers. The novelty of this idea is in the arrangement of the pictures. The group is of the House of Representatives of North Dakota, and each picture indicates the exact position of the Representative's seat on the floor of the chamber. The completed group gives one a perfect diagram of the seating arrangement and adds interest to such a picture.
It is impractical to make anything but a composite group of such a large number of subjects, especially where it is a group of considerable importance and each picture must be as good as can be secured. And from the point of profitable business it is certainly an advantage to make individual sittings. The percentage of individual orders is usually high and the sales of the group pictures will be better because the individual pictures are all good.
We can not think of a better or more clever arrangement than Mr. Holmboe has secured for his group, and he advises us that it has been the means of securing him this business at three successive legislative sessions.
The idea might be used to advantage by photographers in other state capitals and a modification of the idea used for schools, fraternities, etc. We can see how a fore-shortened diagram of a baseball diamond with pictures to indicate the positions of principal players, and the substitutes along the side lines, might make one of a number of interesting athletic groups.
In our illustration it will be seen that the prints are trimmed so that a large enough portion of the white margin is left beneath for the name, this plan doing away with numbering and printing a separate list of names beneath. The prints are mounted on white felt and the finished group copied, the size of the copy in this instance being 9½ x 14 inches.
Group By Holmboe Studio, Bismarck, N. D.
At the recent Middle-Atlantic States Convention held in Philadelphia, Mr. W. B. Poynter, a young but very successful photographer of Cincinnati, made a remarkable home-portrait demonstration before the convention.
The demonstration was remarkable because it showed the efficiency of Mr. Poynter's methods. Eight exposures were made on Eastman Portrait Film and the following morning eight excellent framed Artura prints from the negatives were hung on the screens.
It was also a remarkable demonstration to those unfamiliar with film quality and results because the negatives were of exceptional quality and every print was worth a good order.
But to Mr. Poynter such results are but incidents of his every day work. He is always certain of film results.
His subjects were children and, considering the fact that this demonstration was made before a convention and not in a home, he handled his subjects exceptionally well, the results showing very little evidence of the self-consciousness one would expect, even in a child, under such circumstances.
The man who uses film is invariably a film booster. His own experience has convinced him that film has made an improvement in his work - that film quality is all and more than has been claimed for it, so he wants others to know about it.
Mr. Poynter is not an exception to this rule. He has made several interesting demonstrations before photographic societies recently, always on Portrait Film, and in no instance has his use of film been prompted by any other incentive than the satisfaction he finds in the quality of film results.
Film will produce plate results - but it will do more, and it is in work beyond the limitations of ordinary sensitive material that film results are seen to the best advantage. Home portrait workers have been quick to see these advantages and, like Mr. Poynter, have grasped this means of bringing portraiture in the home on a level of quality with the best studio work produced.
We are reproducing the entire lot of pictures made in Mr. Poynter's demonstration before the Middle-Atlantic States Convention, such conditions being the most trying we can imagine both for the photographer and the materials used.
Ask your dealer to show you the Eastman Portrait Album.
Oklahoma City, Okla.........May 15, 16, 17
Denver, Colo............May 22, 23, 24
Salt Lake City, Utah.........May 29, 30, 31
Los Angeles, Cal............June 5, 6, 7
San Francisco, Calif..........June 12, 13, 14
Portland, Ore............June 19, 20, 21
Seattle, Wash............June 26, 27, 28
ON the following pages are reproduced advertisements showing what the U. S. photographers are being urged to do. Perhaps some Canadian reader will benefit by these ads, though the difference in uniform bars the cuts.
SOMEONE said "You're going to have a photograph made before you go, aren't you?" and you promised.
The Pyro Studio Line cut No. 237. Price. 50 cents.