This section is from the "Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1919" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1919.
Since the introduction of Eastman Portrait Film in this country, a good many Canadian photographers have been able to confirm, by personal experience, what they have read and have heard about film superiority. In no case has any photographer passed an unfavorable opinion, but, of course, the equipment for using film, necessarily, differs from what has been used for plates.
Now, admittedly, Kits and Sheaths, for adapting View Plate Holders to film use, are but makeshift arrangements and cannot very well afford the same facility as would film holders.
The superiority of film results over plate results, and the many physical advantages offered - e. g. minimum of bulk and weight - would seem to point out, as the best course, the use of film holders.
No. 1 Holders fit Century View Cameras, Century Studio Reversible Adapter Backs, Eastman View Cameras and the5x7Premo Hand Camera, also 5 x7 and 8x10 R. O. C. View Cameras.
4 3/4 x 6 1/2....
5 x 7.....
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From An Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.
The old reliable is back on the market again - ELON. After an enforced absence for months, on account of war conditions, this, the best of developing agents for paper, once more is available to our customers.
Elon is the trade name under which we market the Sulphate of Monomethyl Paramidophenol, and this is identical in formula with--------, a German developing agent, which Fritz worked into being a household word, so to speak, in the photographic trade, all over the world. ELON, however, was universally conceded to be the superior of German ---------. The German--------- >was never half as successfully opposed by any other material as by ELON, which is not tainted by anything German about it. ELON is not now made in Germany, and never was. The Armistice marked an easing off in the heavy demands on the production of this chemical for Military and Naval Photography and we seized the first opportunity to restore the old favorite.
Elon In combination with Hydrochinon is prescribed in the formulae for our photographic products and the post-war ELON is fully worthy of its pre-war reputation for quality. Our customers can make no mistake in resuming the use of the tried and proven true - ELON - for we, who make the sensitized material with which its use is urged, know and assure you that nothing else can give the same uniform satisfaction. Readers of Studio Light will realize without much casting up of figures, that if there were no alternative for ELON, the maximum volume of business could not possibly be comparable with our business in sensitized goods and we need hardly labor the point that ELON is recommended and specified to protect our trade in papers, plates and films.
In fairness to all we shall, for the time being, supply ELON in 1 oz. and 4 oz. bottles only - orders for excessive quantities cannot be filled.
1 oz. bottle . . . $2.10 1/4 lb. bottle . . . 8.00
THE old fear of working into or against the light no longer troubles the photographer who is experienced in the handling of Portrait Film. It is in the making of difficult lightings that Portrait Film immediately demonstrates its superiority over glass plates. And it is the man who docs out-of-the-ordinary work who makes real progress.
From An Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.
Mrs. Emma Hilton. Photographer of Children.
The work of a specialist is always interesting, for we expect to find in it something in the way of suggestion that will be useful to those of us who do not specialize. We can't, all of us, be specialists in photography. Our field is limited, or we have generalized for so long that we hesitate to give up any part of a business that has become established.
Those photographers who have become specialists after a long term of general business have, as a rule, drifted into a special line of work because they liked it and could do that one thing well enough to capitalize their special ability.
The greater part of our readers know of the success of Mr. E. B. Core, New York's photographer of children. And since he has retired from business, many have wondered upon whose shoulders his mantle would fall.
Some years ago a natural artistic taste and a dislike for idleness led Mrs. Emma Hilton to seek a position with Mr. Core, and upon his retirement in 1914 Mrs. Hilton opened a studio of her own on upper Broadway, photographing children exclusively. Of course, her pictures often included mothers and fathers, but only as accessories.
She has been very successful in her work, so successful in fact, that she has found it to her advantage to move her studio to Fifth Avenue, where one naturally expects to find the specialist and where the New Yorker prefers to shop.
From Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.
Why has she been successful - why is any specialist successful? Study our reproductions of her work. If you have children of your own you will see at once. If you have not, ask any mother or father why these pictures have a special appeal. The sub-jects are not self-conscious, they are natural, happy children caught in pleasing and characteristic attitudes. Their expressions are not forced. There is a spontaneity of action that can only be secured by one who knows children - one in whom children have confidence.
It sounds easy - so easy that those who are not successful may blame their subjects rather than themselves. There are difficult, willful children in all walks of life - possibly more among the rich than the merely well-to-do. But all children can be photographed successfully by one who has patience, tact and that inborn love for children that no one recognizes more quickly than the child.
Once they have confidence they pose themselves, unless the picture is to be somewhat formal, and then they can be led to pose as you wish. Study the psychology of the child mind as Mrs. Hilton has studied it. Combine what you learn with an honest effort to win the confidence of children, and this with a fair knowledge of photography. These are the essentials - the things you must do to be a successful photographer of children.
If you really enjoy the work you have a fair assurance of success. It must be fun for you before you can make it fun for the children. You can't fool them. If you make it real play - play for both - then you win, just as Mrs. Hilton has won. It's a real game and it's worth learning.
Film, is invariably adopted because of Film quality - be-cause it does the thing that can't be done successfully with plates.
But while it does the difficult thing best, it also does the ordinary thing better.