Photography is FunPHOTOGRAPHY is a popular hobby with almost everyone. This is not surprising, for everybody likes pictures and it’s fun to take them.
Cameras and films have been improved so much that anyone—and that means boys and girls, too—can take satisfying pictures with inexpensive cameras. And your snapshots do not need to be limited to landscapes, picnics and outside shots around your home, because it is almost as easy to take pictures at night, or indoors.
Aside from capturing happy moments, friends' faces and beloved memories on film, part of the fun of photography lies in the great variety of pictures you can take. Outdoors you can take photographs of everything from a pretty woodland scene to Bobbie and his bike; at night you can take pictures of innumerable things, from the stats right on down to a “portrait” in your cellar.
Remember that indoor photography is easy—and don’t forget that the most precious pictures are usually the everyday things that we all too often take for granted—mother preparing dinner, dad “fixing” a sticky drawer, sister doing her homework, or the young man of the house raptly listening to a radio adventure program. These are only a few suggestions of the many everyday possibilities by indoor photography, for there are also special occasions which you will prize more each year—the annual Christmas tree and birthday celebrations are two examples.
There is a humorous side to the hobby of photography, too. Many entertaining trick pictures can be made, even with the most inexpensive cameras. You can turn a friend into “twins” or even “triplets.” You can make ghost pictures that are really convincing, complete with a ghost you can see right through. And if you later decide to do your own darkroom work, further entertaining trick possibilities open up for you.
It's easy to see photography is fun the whole year around, indoors and out, day or night—and that takes in a lot of territory! You will get even more pleasure from photography if you choose the camera that suits your purposes, and if you keep in mind a few simple basic principles. "Better Photography Made Easy" is written with these thoughts in mind to help people like you. This booklet doesn’t contain technical information. Instead, it presents the things you need to know in down-to-earth language. It not only shows you how to choose a camera and how to make your pictures better and more interesting, but offers valuable picture-taking ideas, tips on lighting and posing, hints on night photography and—how to get the most pleasure from your prints.
We know you will find picture-taking is fun; we believe that, after reading this book, you will discover it is easy as well. However, if you encounter difficulty, don’t hesitate to write to Ansco, Binghamton, New York, for friendly advice and helpful criticism.