Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: The Cabinet Photo

The carte-de-visite reigned supreme in the public’s taste until around 1866. Cartes were great, but rather tiny. Soon, demand for a larger format became more loud. People also wanted more

Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: The Carte-de-Visite

In 1854, a photographer by the name of André Disdéri patented a new take on the collodion process called the Carte-de-Visite (or Carte, for short). Though they could be a

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Ambrotypes and Tintypes

In my last History of Photography article, I talked about the wet plate, or collodion process and how it was quickly adopted as the status quo in the industry. Like

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Rise of The Wet Plate Process

After Talbot introduced the calotype (see my previous article here), the world was in search of something photographic in between the calotype’s unique paper characteristics and the daguerreotype’s pristine, crystal

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The Calotype: An Overview

In my last history of photography article, I talked about William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the Calotype. Here, I want to explore how the calotype evolved within photography

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William Henry Fox Talbot: An Overview

William Henry Fox Talbot was an English scientist and scholar in the early 1800’s. Although he was a contemporary of Daguerre, his contributions to photography were independent of what was

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Lasting Impacts of the Daguerreotype

Lasting Impacts of the Daguerreotype In the past few articles of this series, we’ve seen how the daguerreotype came about but we haven’t really taken a moment to look at

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The Daguerreotype

As is often the case with history, it seems that time moves slowly until it explodes in a flurry of invention and then seemingly all at once everything changes. To

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The Beginning & Camera Obscura

The history of photography is vast and fascinating. It didn’t develop like other art forms and comparatively, photography is in its’ infancy. Looking at where our craft came from is

Drobo migration from Drobo to Drobo5D

Since I’ve gotten a Drobo, I have to say, I really enjoy it. It’s nice having a user friendly RAID array of drives not just for the capacity they provide,

Lens Choice is Everything

I absolutely love my Sigma Art 35mm lens. I “see” the world at a 35mm focal length. Everywhere I look, whenever I imagine photos, it’s at 35mm. Unfortunately for my

Photographer of The Day: Ar’alani

Category: Wedding Photographer: Ar’alani I love the leading lines of the bridge toward the couple and, Ar’alani’s expertise of placing them in the perfect ray of light coming through the

Photographer of The Day: Ben Cobb

Category: Wedding Photographer: Ben Cobb I chose this image for Ben’s creative use of shooting through water (or a fountain). It frames the couple beautifully and creates a magical element

Photographer of The Day: Stephen Wolfe

Category: Wedding Photographer: Stephen Wolfe I adore the recreation of the classic “American Gothic” painting. Stephen did a great job paying homage to such an iconic image but still showing

Photographer of The Day: Martin Reisch

Category: Wedding Photographer: Martin Reisch I love the quiet and solitude Martin captured in this image. It creates a timeless romantic feel that is just beautiful! Photo originally shared on

Photographer of The Day: Arvind Ramachander

Category: Wedding Photographer: Arvind Ramachander I chose this moment because it is one of my favorite moments in Hindu wedding ceremonies. It’s a fun and lighthearted ritual which is exciting

Photographer of The Day: Drew Gregory

Category: Wedding Photographer: Drew Gregory I chose this photo because of the overwhelming skill Drew showed in balancing the bright back light with the bridal party’s skin tones. When there’s

Photographer of The Day: Thomas Pivovarnik

Category: Wedding Photographer: Thomas Pivovarnik I chose this photo because it is a beautifully classic moment that Thomas captured expertly. He captured joy and excitement. Everything is clear and in

Photographer of The Day: Brennan Schnell

Category: Wedding Photographer: Brennan Schnell I chose this moment because of the playfulness it showed. Weddings don’t always have to be about smiling faces or romance. The couple Brennan was