History of Photography

April 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Photography has come a long way and it grows in leaps and bounds in what seems to be short periods of time. Ten years ago I was taking a B&W film photography class in my freshman year of college and at that point I've never even held a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. I had my trusty Canon AE-1 Program, shot film, and all I knew was film. I almost scoffed at DSLRs! In 1999, Nikon came out with a 2.74 megapixel camera, Canon following shortly with their 3.1 megapixel D30. I now shoot with an 18 megapixel Canon 7D which can shoot at 8fps.

"So what?", you may ask. As ancient as a 3 megapixel camera, or a 50 year old film camera may seem, there was a time when film rolled in a canister was new age technology. There was a time when silver coated copper plates that had to be exposed for several minutes (the reason why people didn't smile in old photographs) was new age technology. There was a time when photographers rode horse pulled wagons carrying not only their large cameras, but their dark rooms as well. Their photographs were developed on site using toxic methods such as developing their metal plates in fumes of heated mercury. There was a time when "photography" was the camera obscura and an artist sat inside of this camera and traced the inverted image onto paper by hand. 

I came across this very interesting TEDed animated short explaining the entire history of photography in a very short yet entertaining bite sized video. Even if you are not a photographer, its still an interesting watch for those of you who have ever snapped a picture of any sort (camera phones anybody?). It makes you think how far we have come, what it took to make craft a photograph, and where photography will take us in the future.

Enjoy!

Daguerreotype photograph by Richard (rich701 on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/rich701/8175947747/)

 


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