Camera Clues: A Handbook for Photographic Investigation

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 10, 2005 - Social Science - 234 pages
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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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INTRODUCTION
1
THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
4
The First Practical Process
6
The Early Wetplate Process
10
Later Wetplate Photos
12
Glass Negatives Paper Prints
15
Dry Plates and Snapshots
22
The Kodak and Roll Film
24
TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY
120
Other Camera Tricks
127
Additional Darkroom Deceptions
131
Retouching
133
Computer Technology
137
Detecting Trickery
139
PHOTOGRAPHING THE PARANORMAL
146
Spirit Photography
147

Popular Photography
25
HISTORICAL PHOTO MYSTERIES
30
Originals Copies and Fakes
44
Case Studies
54
PHOTOGRAPHY AND IDENTIFICATION
69
Identifying People in Old Photographs
76
INVESTIGATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
98
Spectral Techniques
105
Surreptitious Photography
111
Legal Concerns
115
UFO Snapshots
159
Pictures of Legendary Creatures
169
Photos of Other Paranormal Subjects
177
PARANORMAL PHOTOGRAPHS
183
Photos by Spirits
192
Psychokinetic Photographs
197
LANDMARKS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
202
NOTES
206
INDEX
227
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Joe Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the committe for Skeptical Inquiry and author of Detecting Forgery, Camera Clues, Unsolved History, Real-Life X-Files, Crime Science, The Kentucky Mint Julep, More Real-Life X-Files and Secrets of the Sideshows.

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