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MOVING PICTURES – Thomas Edison And The Invention Of The Movies

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The projector and camera of Thomas Edison, combined with the celluloid film of George Eastman, gave birth to the multi-billion dollar movie industry we see today. | Source: https://bit.ly/2Kqdsdt It has been well known...

BEFORE PHOTOSHOP, THERE WAS JERRY UELSMANN

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Boats, for Jerry Uelsmann, often symbolize some kind of spiritual journey or transformation. Photo ©Jerry Uelsmann. In the digital age, creating images that involve manipulation of reality, multiple exposures and compositing is relatively...

FOCUSING ON THE HOMELESS

FOCUSING ON THE HOMELESS Photos that show they are human beings, not just statistics. By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Almost from the beginning, photography has been used to record and document social and historical problems and realities.  Until Mathew Brady and his colleagues...

The SMPSP and DigitalFusion present: “A Single Frame”

Select Images from the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography Martin Scorsese Photo by: Andrew Cooper The contribution of unit still photographers to the movies and movie history has been an important and significant part...

JOE MCNALLY: Master of Photographic Lighting

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photo by Joe McNally In the world of photography nowadays we live in an age of specialization.  Photographers tend to focus on either commercial or editorial work and competition requires that they specialize...

GEORGE EASTMAN: The Father of Kodak

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com With the introduction of the first Kodak box camera, suddenly non-photographers could shoot photos. But the original box camera, introduced in 1888, cost $25 – out of the reach of many. Source: https://bit.ly/2QHdD6Z As...

THE 1913 ARMORY ART EXHIBITION: How It Helped Free Photography From Pictorialism

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Nude Descending A Staircase by Marcel Duchamp was a cubist-inspired painting and was the kind of art that suggested to photographers that there was no point trying to emulate painting styles of...

WE KNOW WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE: How Photography Gives Access The Past

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Not so long ago, the only way to view a likeness of somebody was in a painted portrait. The idea that anyone had of what historical figures like Alexander The Great, Julius...

PHOTOGRAPHERS: LEARN LIGHTING AND COMPOSITION BY STUDYING PAINTING

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Rembrandt made use of the technique of chiaroscuro – which according to Wikipedia “is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to...

Nicéphore Niépce: The Inventor of Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com This is the view from the window of Nicéphore Niépce, one of the first photographic prints ever made. Photo by Nicéphore Niépce. The technology of photography became available to the world in 1839,...