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“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...

PHOTOGRAPHY DISRUPTIONS: The Impact of Change and Innovation

Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In terms of photography, we live in a highly disruptive age.  Electronic imagery began replacing film at the end of the 1990s and we began to see all sorts of devices that can...

LEWIS CARROLL IN PHOTO LAND

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t...

GEORGE HURRELL: The Ultimate Hollywood Portrait Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com In the 19030s, and 1940s there was no television and certainly no Internet.  Lots of people read magazines but almost everybody went to the movies.  During the Depression, when times were hard,...

DAVID HUME KENNERLY: This Kind Of Career Doesn’t Happen Anymore

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Journalism, sports, combat photography, Gerald Ford’s photographer in the White House, there have been few careers to approach that of David Hume Kennerly. The photographic career of David Hume Kennerly is amazing in its scope...

Film is Not Dead

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com One of the staff at Samy’s Camera Culver City and I were looking at some old film cameras, the kinds we both used to use.  He told me there was a renewed interest, especially...

W. EUGENE SMITH: The Tortured Artist of Photography

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Waste water containing mercury was dumped into the ocean at Minamata, Japan – resulting is extensive sickness and death which the guilty corporation refused to take responsibility for. © 2017 Aileen M. Smith In the...

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...

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...