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March 1961

A Simple Apparatus for 16 mm. Motion Picture Photography: Dermatologic Subjects Filmed by a New Method

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, and the Medical Television Unit, New York University Post-Graduate Medical School (Dr. Marion B. Sulzberger, Chairman) and the Skin and Cancer Unit, University Hospital, New York University Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(3):507-508. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580090157023

The following information is presented for those who wish to make use of a simple, inexpensive method for photographing good quality 16 mm. color motion pictures for purposes of record, research, report, and teaching.

The size of the desired photographic fields was first determined. From these specifications, one of us (J. P. G.) designed and constructed "L"-shaped frames. These outline the 2 sides of the field and are fastened at a fixed distance from the camera by a bar (Figure). The frames and bar provide a quick method for aligning the camera lens system at right angles to the surface of the skin. They also maintain the subject in focus and eliminate problems of centering. The frames give the physician-photographer a rapid and precise indication of the total field size that will be recorded. The aluminum frames may be autoclaved or immersed in cold sterilizing solution. (Alcohol is suggested rather

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