Camera Clues: A Handbook for Photographic Investigation

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 10, 2005 - Social Science - 234 pages

In Camera Clues, Joe Nickell shares his methods of identifying and dating old photos and demonstrates how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes. Particularly intriguing are his discussions of camera tricks, darkroom manipulations, retouching techniques, and uses of computer technology to deceive the eye. Camera Clues concludes with a look at allegedly "paranormal" photography, from nineteenth-century "spirit photographs" to UFO snapshots.

 

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This book opens with an engaging survey of the history of photography, including information on how to identify and date ambrotypes, dry plates, and other processes. The book also includes an ... Read full review

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Contents

THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
3
The First Practical Process
5
The Early Wetplate Process
9
Later Wetplate Photos
11
Glass Negatives Paper Prints
14
Dry Plates and Snapshots
21
The Kodak and Roll Film
23
Popular Photography
24
Other Camera Tricks
126
Additional Darkroom Deceptions
130
Retouching
132
Computer Technology
136
Detecting Trickery
138
PHOTOGRAPHING THE PARANORMAL
145
Spirit Photography
146
UFO Snapshots
158

HISTORICAL PHOTO MYSTERIES
29
Originals Copies and Fakes
43
Case Studies
53
PHOTOGRAPHY AND IDENTIFICATION
68
Identifying People in Old Photographs
75
INVESTIGATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
97
Spectral Techniques
104
Surreptitious Photography
110
Legal Concerns
114
TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY
119
Pictures of Legendary Creatures
168
Photos of Other Paranormal Subjects
176
PARANORMAL PHOTOGRAPHS
182
Photos by Spirits
191
Psychokinetic Photographs
196
LANDMARKS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
201
NOTES
205
INDEX
226
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