A CAMERA REMOTE
Some cameras are made so that they can be snapped by pulling a thread fastened to the shutter lever, allowing all members of the party to get in the picture and then some cameras are not intended to be used that way at all. Most cameras that can be operated with a string are too expensive to be risked on those very outings that afford the best chances for the pictures we want most. In an effort to explain how the ordinary little old box Kodak can be manipulated with a string, I submit the following Kink:
Drill a hole through the shutter lever. Tie your fish line through the hole. Tie, or better still, strap your Kodak to a tree, log, stone or something equally solid and at the same time focus for your picture. Now run the string up, over and across the top of the Kodak, bringing it rectangular around the crank that turns the film, the lever that unlocks the box for opening, the handle, or a tree—any old thing that comes in position.
Now, be careful to have the shutter lever pointing down. Better practice this, without a film in the box. Raise it until it is about to operate the shutter; carefully stretch the line to the spot selected for the picture and, when you’re ready, “strike your fish.” When the film is developed, the fish may be admired. I have taken lots of pictures in the above manner without the hole in the shutter lever. In that case I fasten a fish hook under the lever. However, the hook is hard to keep in place. Try it some time when you all wish to be in on the picture.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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