Almost every man who sticks closely to his business for a year or more gets into something of a rut. It's just like a boy missing school for a week - he is behind his class, and the man who misses the Eastman Professional School this year will be behind in advanced ideas.

The Professional School does not pretend to teach photography from the bottom up. It is rather a post-graduate course - a series of advanced lectures and demonstrations that are thoroughly practical. Practical men have been selected for the work, other practical men have gone over each new idea and have seen its practical working before it has gone into the program, so there is little chance for any dead wood to creep into the School's work.

Among the interesting things developed for the 1917 School is a model darkroom. The object is to show how a 10x12 room can be made a developing, printing and enlarging room all in one, contain all apparatus necessary for these three lines of work and yet give the maximum amount of room, light, ventilation and convenience for the worker.

It is not possible to carry such a room about the country, but the room was planned and constructed, every piece of apparatus was put in place and photographs were made showing the room complete. A series of slides were made and the pictures are thrown on the screen and explained in detail. There is a new form of overhead lighting that is rapidly being adopted, a plan for keeping chemicals in perfect condition and and an excellent idea for judging the density of negatives and determining whether or not they should be reduced, as well as for judging the density of negatives that are to be printed. The latest ideas in developing conveniences are shown, a complete enlarging outfit swings out of the way when not in use and in the same room is a completely equipped printing plant. There is also a scientific method of ventilation that makes such a room as healthful as any in the studio. Everything is arranged with remarkable ingenuity, but with practical efficiency as the governing idea.

There are new things in outdoor portraiture for the summer months of the school as well as new stunts under the skylight, one of these being a demonstration in the posing of feet. Present fashions have made this an important consideration in figure work.

New ideas and suggestions for the printing room and enlarging room are of special interest. A new type of enlargement, and the method of making, is shown and explained, and this has repeatedly been said to be worth a trip to the school. The enlargements are not out-of-focus, "fuz-zigraphs," but they have a soft porcelain effect and any degree of softness may be repeatedly secured with the lens in perfect focus. It is an entirely new idea and was developed especially for the school. It will surely make your enlargements more attractive and more salable.

Another entirely new idea, and it is a money maker, is the Dore-type. The public likes them as much as the photographer, and this point is of prime importance. Doretypes may be made in any color and in several very attractive effects, including facsimiles of Daguerreotypes, but better than these interesting old pictures. Colored miniatures may also be made by the Doretype process.

In commercial photography, the school work is the best ever given and the lectures and demonstrations are very clear, instructive and interesting. Further light on color separation and the use of color filters is given and the value of such information in certain lines of work is clearly explained and demonstrated. There is also a lens lecture that makes the things you should know plain and omits the confusing points of most optical talks.

Portrait by Benjamin Paris, France.

Portrait by Benjamin Paris, France.

There is also a practical demonstration of dry mounting which shows its many advantages and the great number of uses for a modern dry mounting machine. An electrically heated Dry Mounting Press is used and this machine is now on the market in addition to those heated by gas.

The business lectures are stronger than ever. The practical bookkeeping method, which is now giving the greatest satisfaction in many studios, is thoroughly explained, and practical advertising and its advantages contrasted with poor advertising.

There is an interesting and instructive lecture on retouching and the relation of facial anatomy to expression and the retoucher's work.

Where only the theory of reduction and intensification has been taken up in previous years, actual demonstrations of after-treatment of the negative have been substituted and these practical demonstrations have proved of great interest.

We can't begin to enumerate the new ideas - the practical work and the pithy advice that the 1917 School offers the photographer. Take the time to attend when it is in your locality - give your entire attention to the three days' work and you will decide that it has been worth while.