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WHY BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER IS LIKE BEING A BUGGY WHIP MANUFACTURER IN 1902

Economic times change and business models come and go.  When my sister was very young she repaired parts of Linotype machines.  I remember shopping for the best price on a Selectric typewriter.  Duesenberg was...

THE SUBJECT OF SUNSET PHOTOS IS COLOR

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Everybody loves shooting photos of sunsets.  And sunrises, too – but that means getting up very, very early and driving to a selected location.  Which is often a lot of trouble.  Besides...

IN SEARCH OF DECISIVE MOMENTS: The Challenges of Modern Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbins.com Sometimes you get better street photos when you talk and interact with your subjects. Photo: Bill Dobbins  Anyone knowledgable about photography and the great photographers of the past is bound to respect the...

When the Snapshot Was New – and Disruptive!

Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Growing up in the digital age the concept of “snapshot” is pretty much obsolete.  Millions of people are casually shooting trillions of photos on smart phones, tablets and other devices so that taking...

THE TINTYPE: Easy, Quick and Inexpensive

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com From the late 1800s, with the introduction of photographic film, to the late 1990s the technology of photography evolved constantly but fairly slowly, with lots of improvements but little that was highly...

NEW UNDER THE SUN: Photographing Aesthetic Female Muscle

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Women who compete in various kinds of muscle contests represent the Grand Opera of the female body. Model: Viviana Soldano. Photo by Bill Dobbins When it comes to photography, there are very few...

WET PLATES: When Photography was Really Hard!

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wet-plate collodion photography is a technologically complex, labor intensive process. | Public Domain When Kodak created the Brownie camera in 1900, introducing the concept of the “snapshot” to the masses, it used the slogan:...

EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE: Capturing Motion

By Bill Dobbins It is reported that the vision of Leonardo Da Vinci was so acute that he could see almost in stop motion – giving him the ability to make an accurate drawings of the...

LOUIS DAGUERRE: He Did It With Mirrors

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Abraham Lincoln was one of the many celebrities of the age who sat for daguerreotype portraits. | LOUIS DAGUERRE Evolution often proceeds in fits and starts, with many extinctions and dead ends.  This is...

EUGENE ATGET: Images Of Disappearing Paris

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Eugene Atget was a pioneer documentary photographer who set out to record traditional Parisian scenes at the end of the 19th century before all was transformed by modernism. Photo: Eugene Atet Eugene Atet...