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is well for the amateur to accustom himself to standing on either side of the camera in taking views. This is a matter that may seem to be of trifling importance, yet it is not a good plan to " get into the rut " of always taking one position when preparing to uncap the lens, or removing the slide, otherwise mistakes may occur. Elsewhere we have advised a fixed habit of invariably taking plates from developer and fixer and washing in the same manner, but it is different in using the camera in the field. One illustration will show the force of this.

Two amateurs, whom we will call James and John, of consid erable experience, were tramping for views along the bank of a picturesque stream, and both hit upon the same spot, a scene of rare beauty. The bank was high and steep, and James planted his camera dose by the water's edge, while John placed his a few feet behind and about ten feet above him where the bank overhung the stream. They adjusted their focuses, and, to make

their exposures, were obliged, from the nature of the ground, to stand on the left of their cameras to withdraw their slides and remove the caps. The exposures were made, and John was: re_ placing his slide when he suddenly shouted out " ha! ha!" Immediately his companion looked up at him, and in a rather provoked tone said " What are you laughing at up there?" "Well," said John, "I pulled out the back slide, and spoiled my plate." " I did the same thing," said James, " and supposed you saw me and were laughing at my mistake. And the worst of it is that I spoiled one I had exposed already." They had reversible-back cameras, and each one, unconsciously, pulled the back slide, as the side that was towards his right hand.