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WHEN ZIEGFELD RULED THE STAGE: The Long And Influential Life Of The Ziegfeld Follies

by Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of elaborate theatrical revue productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 to 1931, with renewals in 1934 and 1936. This was a time before movies were in color, mostly before...

THE WESTERN SADDLE: Form Following Function

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com   Before there was the American cowboy, there was the Mexican vaquero, who did essentially the same job. | Source: http://bit.ly/2LkrEGi The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load, fastened to an animal’s back by...

THE RAW FACTS: Why RAW Is The Best Format For Serious Photographers

By Bill Dobbins There seems to be less need to explain to photographers why they should be shooting in a RAW format nowadays than there was a few years ago.  This knowledge has pretty much...

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...

ON TWO WHEELS – Motorcycles From The Beginning

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Early motorcycles were an inexpensive form of transportation. In America, they needed to produce sufficient power for traveling long distances across the vast American landscape. | Source: http://bit.ly/2FH8Le5 We live at a time when...

The Endangered Tradition of Street Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The land of the free and the home of the homeless. Street photography allows you to capture views of the world most don’t get to see. Credit: Bill DobbinsOut and about with...

SHANE BALKOWITSCH: The Wetplate Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Wetplate photo by Shane Balkowitsch The wet plate colloidal process was the first really successful widespread technology in photography.  The daguerreotype was introduced in 1839.  Making a daguerreotype involved a complex technological process that resulted in a...

ANSEL ADAMS: Master Photographer of Landscape and Light

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)1942© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston There is an exhibition at the Museum of...

EDOUARD BALDUS: INNOVATIVE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER.

EDOUARD BALDUS INNOVATIVE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER. By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Édouard Baldus (June 5, 1813, Grünebach, Prussia – 1889, Arcueil) was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer.  Édouard-Denis Baldus was born on June 5, 1813 in Grünebach, Prussia. He was originally trained as a painter...

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...