Amateur Photographer Handbook

The Amateur Photographer, a Complete Guide for Beginners is a very helpful little handbook. This copy was published in 1891 and is the revised ninth edition. The chapters on posing subjects, taking landscape photographs and obtaining good light are full of useful hints, many of which apply even today. For example, "Many commonplace scenes require only the proper lighting, and perhaps the introduction of a proper figure in the right place to make it a beautiful subject for the camera. The commonplace is always attractive when well treated. Simple subjects appeal to everybody."

The technical processes described are all quite complicated by today's amateur point-and-shoot , one-hour photo standards. Luckily wet plates developed with a Pyro-Potash solution are a thing of the past.