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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...

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,...

ETIENNE-JULES MAREY – Capturing Motion with Chronophotograpy

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The introduction of photography in 1839 made it possible to capture and fix still images for the first time in history.  Over the course of the next few decades, the technology of...

LEWIS HINE (1874 -1940): Documenting Child Labor

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Imagine life at the turn of the 20th century.  Immigrants were flooding into the United States, many through Ellis Island (as dramatized in The Godfather Part II).  Thousands of Vito Corelones. Slums in cities...

MATTHEW ROLSTON: Photographer Royale

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Back in the 1980s, there were three celebrity photographers in Los Angeles who were colleagues, collaborators and friends: Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman and Matthew Rolston.  “Although we were technically competitors,” Rolston explains,...

PHOTOGRAPHING THE REAL WEST

PHOTOGRAPHING THE REAL WEST: Not The Way It Looked on Gunsmoke By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The classic period of American history we view as the “old west” didn’t actually last very long – some 20 to 25 years...

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...

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...

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...

WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT: Pioneer Photographer and Scientist

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com An artistic composition: Talbot wrote of it: We have sufficient authority in the Dutch school of art for taking as subjects of representation scenes of daily and familiar occurrence. A painter’s eye...