MacLucas saw many changes in photography.
He mentioned in 1917 that he had first become acquainted with photography some twenty
years earlier, his introduction to photography being to make a
print of a good half-plate negative supplied by a friend. He
recommended this as a good introduction to photography.
to the printing processes then in use, albumen printing was still
done, although being rapidly superseded by P.O.P.
which was the most popular process at the time, to be seen all
over the professional show-cases and used by amateurs in
preference to any other."
was probably used more than it is today, while the use of bromide
paper was not so great. Sulphide toning was unknown.
Gum-bichromate was used for exhibition work."
"Platinotype was in use, and it is regretted that it is now, owing
to its greatly increased price, more or less off the market."
a comparison of modern plates with those in use twenty years ago a
great advance was noted, not only in speed but in quality and ease
in manipulation, a modern plate being capable of a considerable
amount of handling."
was made to the ascendancy of bromide paper, and the introduction,
or more correctly, re-introduction of the oil process, because
though practiced in the old days, it was then purely
there is seen, more and more, the growth of what might be
called the control processes, which are really wonderful media in
the hands of those who know how to work on the negative or print
and yet retain all the beauties of photographic texture."
Cameras and Apparatus
"Apparatus was much larger and more cumbersome. Lenses were
mostly fitted with a cap; shutters were not common, though
there were cameras fitted with roller blind shutters."