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History of Photography and the Camera. Photography is a word derived from the Greek words photos ("light") and graphein ("to draw") The word was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W.

History of Photography and the Camera

Herschel in 1839. It is a method of recording images by the action of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material. Pinhole Camera Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham), a great authority on optics in the Middle Ages who lived around 1000AD, invented the first pinhole camera, (also called the Camera Obscura} and was able to explain why the images were upside down.

The first casual reference to the optic laws that made pinhole cameras possible, was observed and noted by Aristotle around 330 BC, who questioned why the sun could make a circular image when it shined through a square hole. Phototimeline. History of Cameras: Illustrated Timeline. Email Photographic cameras’ roots go deep.

History of Cameras: Illustrated Timeline

Everything started with the camera obscura, and continued with Daguerreotypes, 35mm cameras, digital cameras and camera phones. Photo by Andrew Illarionov Now we offer you to learn more about the photo cameras ‘way’ through ages and generations of photographers. Due to the popularity of this post, it was updated by Chris Ford. 20 First Photos from the History of Photography. Photography has been a medium of limitless possibilities since it was originally invented in the early 1800s.

20 First Photos from the History of Photography

The use of cameras has allowed us to capture historical moments and reshape the way we see ourselves and the world around us. To celebrate the amazing history of photography and photographic science, we have assembled twenty photographic ‘firsts’ from over the past two centuries. #1. The story of the First Photograph Ever Taken - AGONISTICA. The First Photograph Ever Taken “View from the Window at Le Gras” [Circa, 1826] The First Photograph, or more specifically, the world’s first permanent photograph from nature, was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827.

The story of the First Photograph Ever Taken - AGONISTICA

The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce’s estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France. Earliest Known Photograph [1825] Process: The First Photograph. Early Experiments with Lithography The term "heliography" was coined by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce to identify the process by which he obtained his earliest photographic images.

Process: The First Photograph

Niépce began experimenting with lithographic printmaking—which led to his invention of heliography—because of his inability to draft images by hand. During his trials with lithography, he experimented with light-sensitive varnishes and then with images produced in camera, but he was unable to prevent the images from fading.

Niépce discovered that he produced his best results while using a solution of bitumen of Judea, which dated back to the ancient Egyptians but continued to be used for making lithographic engravings in the 1800s. Photomechanical Reproduction In 1822, Niépce successfully made a heliograph from an engraving of Pope Pius VII, which was destroyed during an attempt to copy it some years later. Evolution Of The Camera - Infographic by Digital Exposure. Today we are going to go back in time to check out what cameras were available in the beginning right through to today.

Evolution Of The Camera - Infographic by Digital Exposure

The evolution of the camera infographic below starts in 1836 with the Daguerreotype, which was the first ever camera and brings us to 2012 with the Hasselblad H5D-200MS. The history of cameras and photography itself is a fascinating thing! Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): <div style="clear:both"><a href=" src=" title="Evolution Of The Camera" alt="Evolution Of The Camera" width="800" height="3281" border="0" /></a></div><div>Courtesy of: <a href=" Exposure Commercial Photography</a></div> Milestones in Photography. Evolution of The Camera. Inspiration Among various other stuff that we own and use a lot, cameras definitely play an important role in our daily life.

Evolution of The Camera

We freeze great moments from our life in the form of photographs using this little tool, and for emotional beings such as us, this means a lot. However, it took a great deal of time to make the camera that we use today, be it as a small module on our smartphones or compact point and shoot cameras or the mighty DSLRs. National Geographic Image Collection Book: Preview the New Photo Book. An unparalleled treasury of iconic images and groundbreaking photography, the National Geographic Image Collection gathers together more than 11 million images chronicling the world from the end of the 19th century to the first decade of the 21st.

National Geographic Image Collection Book: Preview the New Photo Book

The 450 selections in the new National Geographic Image Collection book, many never before published, represent the finest of the archive. See many of these selections—and get a glimpse into the archive itself—in this new Image Collection photo gallery and video. Plus, flip through the history of photography, from daguerreotypes to digital, in an all-new interactive time line. Director of Photography and Video: Melissa Wiley Creative Director: Greg Harris Web Producer: Katel Ledu Research and Production: William Barr Writers: Scot Hoffman and Korena Di Roma Copy Editor: Nancy Gupton Web and Flash Development: Stefan Estrada Video Production: Eric Hoffman and Summer Simpson.