Magnesium Light Photography. The actual methods of an expert. By F. J. Mortimer. 88 pages, with many diagrams and illustrations, showing the treatment of different subjects. Price, 50 cents. Tennant & Ward, Publishers, New York.
With the exception of a high-priced specialist book by the late Fitz Guerin, this manual is the only text-book on flashlight work at present obtainable. Mr. Mortimer has given a good deal of attention to this specialty and his book deals with the subject in a simple and thoroughly satisfactory way. The chapters deal with apparatus; different types of lamps; flashlight compounds; cartridges and powders; smoke preventers; hackgrounds ; reflectors; lenses, etc. Various classes of subjects and their proper illumination are dealt with, with the arrangement for lamp, camera, etc., and
the making of portraits at home, silhouettes, fireside effects ; church interiors ; stage effects ; street groups at night: animals ; machinery and large interiors. Section III takes up the development and after-treatment of negatives made by flashlight. An appendix deals with the quantities of magnesium required for various subjects. The making of flashpowders, touch papers, flash-sheets, and miscellaneous hints. The book is planned for practical work and will be acceptable to the amateur and professional.