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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,...

YOUSUF KARSH: Portrait Photographer Extraordinare

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com A sself-portrait by Yousuf Karsh Since painting evolved to focus on realistic representations of reality many hundreds of years ago, creating portraits of contemporary individuals became a major subject for artists.  Being commissioned...

AUGUSTUS FREDRICK SHERMAN: Documenting Ellis Island

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892...

GRETA GARBO: The Perfect Face

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Any photographer is aware that some faces are more photogenic than others.  Some that look great to the eye simply doesn’t register very well in two-dimensional photographs.  There are those that come...

THE ORIGINAL CAMERA: A Look At The Camera Obscura

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photographic technology introduced the camera as a device for recording images on a light-sensitive medium in 1839. Since then we have seen this apparatus in various iterations – from the view camera...