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Living Beauty: Serving Women Cancer Patients

Samy’s Camera Outreach had the pleasure of photographing a Potluck & Meditation event for The Foundation for Living Beauty. The Pasadena-based non-profit was founded in 2005 with the goal of providing supportive services to women cancer...

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...

Nice, Simple Light

Started posting a noir series over at Instagram. This was the leadoff pic, and there were some questions about the lighting, which is really pretty simple. We shot at The Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel,...

ERWIN BLUMENFELD: The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women: Documentary is a film by Remy Blumenfeld of the life and career of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld that is hugely informative and insightful and is a must-watch for any...

NADAR: A Renaissance Man of Photography

Photographers nowadays tend to specialize. Most just do photography, some also direct films or commercials.  But that was not the case with Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (6 April 1820 – 20 March 1910), known by the pseudonym Nadar.  Nadar is considered...

Hair in the Air!

This has always been one of my favorite headshots, done some years ago at our long lost Dobbs Ferry studio, by the Hudson River. Maggie Hood, the model, is a wonderfully lovely subject, with flaming...

Irvine Public Schools Foundation: Samy’s Camera Donates Photography Workshop

In February, Samy’s Camera Outreach donated a photography workshop and memory cards to the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s annual Enrichment Day. Proceeds went to their Innovative Grants program, providing funding directly to teachers for innovative teaching...

PhotoCon LA 2018 Expo and Class Passes Now on Sale

Samy's Camera is proud to announce that PhotoCon LA 2018 expo and class passes are now on sale. Presented by Samy's Camera, PhotoCon LA is a must-attend celebration of photography and video in Los Angeles. This year's extravaganza features...

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...

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,...