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The Winning Photos of the 2019 Wet Plate Competition

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The technology of photography went through a rapid evolution in the 19th century after being introduced to the public in 1839.  The first major development after the Daguerreotype was one that allowed the creation...

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...

BARON ADOLPH DE MEYER: The First Fashion Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The earliest fashion photography was necessarily stiff and awkward in a time when lenses and emulsions were slow and studio lighting was essentially primitive.  But even as photo technology improved the fashion...

MATHEW BRADY: The Original War Photographer

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Civil War reenactments don’t really give the sense of how miserable an experience it could be serving during the conflict. About 620,00 died during the war and there were millions of casualties....

FAMOUS BEAUTIES – An Old Tradition Continues

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com In his 1962 book THE IMAGE: Or, What Happened To The American Dream, historian Daniel Boorstin wrote about how “pseudo events” have taken the place of real events (and this was before the invention of...

THE MYTH OF DEPTH OF FIELD

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com A traditional view camera includes controls like shifts, swings and tilts to racially change the plane of focus falling on the film plane. | Source: https://bit.ly/2XnZcrt Photographers know that the term “depth of field”...

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:...

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...

Federico Borella Wins Photographer of the Year

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com As more and more photographic images flood the Internet in this age of digital photography, this abundance tends to lessen the impact of any specific pictures.  Thankfully, there are institutions and organizations...

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,...