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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 GUN CAMERA: Giving New Meaning To The Term “Shooting Photos”

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Photography and airplanes came together in WWI when aerial cameras were used to shoot photographs for intelligence and surveillance of battlefield and enemy positions.  A few years later the British Royal Flying Corps started...

“WE HAD FACES!” Norma Desmond On Looking Like A Movie Star

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Greta Garbo had one of the great photogenic faces of all time. However. Credit: George Hurrell Faces, and recognizing what they look like, are so important to human beings that we have a...

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...

WE USED TO DO IT WITH POLAROIDS

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Noways it is comparatively easy to judge exposure and lighting balance shooting in the studio.  You just look at the image display and histogram on the back of the camera or your...

Why Do We Love BW Images: Maybe Because They Are Easier For The Brain...

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com There is a graphic quality to BW you don’t get with color. It is especially effective in images where there is little color in the first place. Credit: Bill DobbinsThe earliest known...

MARY PICKFORD: The First Movie Star

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the earliest days of Hollywood, actresses and actors in films were not named in the credits. They were called things like “The Biograph” girl. Not allowing them to have a fan base...

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...

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...

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND: Photography Is The Joy of My Life

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Douglas Kirkland’s  path to success was made possible in part by his involvement with picture magazines like Look and Life when he was still young man. Nowadays, when we are bombarded with images from the Internet,...