Photography – Journey from Reel to Digital

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

What does a newborn baby come across first? The doctor… No! The nurse… No! The mother… No! Yeah, it’s the camera that he/she says “Cheese” to! While that may sound funny, it actually reflects our lifestyle. Photography is an ever-growing industry with more and more people falling in love with it. This form of art was introduced back in 1830, and started gaining public awareness only after a decade. Slowly and gradually, the use started to take the form that we see today.

Cameras hold attraction for almost every child, adult, and the elderly. It has become one of the must-have devices in any family. Be it any occasion ranging from a child’s birth to first anniversary, the marriage ceremony, family outing, picnic or party, the graduation convocation, etc. a camera seems to be important as it captures moments that you can cherish any time later. It never lets you forget those happy moments you capture so that you can recall them any time.

Let’s Start From The Origin!
Old Camera
While photography today is so appealing, eye-catching, and indeed a lucrative business area, it took nearly one and a half century to reach this stage. We are overwhelmed by the idea of having high-tech digital cameras in hand capable of capturing multiple high-definition pictures per second. However, before moving onto a future of even better digitization and photography, it is better to seek knowledge of the origin from where it all started.

Actually, photography is much older than when the first camera was invented. It can be traced back to the 13th–14th century when a large box called Camera Obscura was used to take pictures. It was dark from the inside as it used to be completely packed from all sides, except one tiny hole from where the image can be reflected over the mirror placed inside the box. The mechanism was such that it used to have an inverted reflection over the mirror.

However, in the early 19th century came the device we call the camera. It soon became the hallmark at that time as it turned out to be a reason to grow economically. Many inventors and companies contributed in different capacities to enhance the camera in terms of performance and results. Initially these cameras produced black and white pictures; nevertheless, the results were astonishing. This invention opened doors to other businesses.

This was the time when media, movies, and dramas started. Enormous shootings had taken place through black and white cameras that can still be retrieved. These cameras were introduced in 1901. Soon, after 6 years, the first color plate camera was introduced in 1907. This first colored camera was capable of filtering only three colors, i.e. Red, Green, and Blue commonly known as RGB.

The RGB technology became so popular that it is still used in the photography industry, but essentially with certain alterations. These are the primary colors in computer screens and television; therefore, the technology never faced extinction but only alterations. Development took place slowly and gradually; therefore, what we see now is a highly sophisticated form of RGB technology, which is much more advanced than its former technologies.

The first photo ever was taken in 1825 by Joseph Niepce, a French inventor. Later in 1839, the first glass negative picture was taken by Sir John Herchel. This was the time when photography took the form of an art and so, the trend of individual and family portraits started. In addition, the first color photo was taken by the famous Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. However, mass usage started only in 1888 when branded cameras hit the market with their appealing tag lines.

The first ever photograph to have a human in it was taken in 1839 by Louise Daguerre. The picture is preserved with the name of Boulevard du Temple. The photographer actually wanted to capture the photograph of a man walking on the street. However, since the street was a bit too busy, it wasn’t possible to capture the image because the camera was exposed for more than 10 minutes. The technology then was not as efficient as it is today.

Since the camera took too much time to capture the image of a man walking on the street, what it could capture was the image of a man having his shoes polished. Thus, the photograph came out to be the first to have a human in it. Today the technology is too fast and efficient. Recall the time when getting pictures in hard copy was a matter of weeks and even months; when photographs used to get damaged because of an error in development, and so on.

The Hallmark – Online Digital Photo Galleries
Digital Cameras
Today’s digital photography has placed a full stop on the older version of dark room effect and picture development. Now you simply have to focus and press the button. The smart, mega-pixel rich, and high-tech digital cameras are there to look after the rest. You get amazing results and effects in each of the picture that you capture. No more chances of photograph wastage due to a device’s inefficiency. People capture and preserve special moments at their convenience.

The online photo galleries are such a wonderful place to preserve your collection. You can select a particular vendor that you admire, and then create an account. This way you can save all your photographs online, so that you never stand the risk of data loss due to hard disk failure. This one back-up is all what it takes; no need to keep negatives at all. Moreover, online photo galleries provide 24/7 access so that you can view, share, and recall all past moments with your loved ones.

Furthermore, you can also place an order to your service provider for the hard copy of these digital photographs. If you prefer keeping hard copies or want to gift it to someone, you can always avail amazing services with outstanding results. These galleries have indeed transformed the outlook of photography. There are formal business ventures, joint promotions, mergers and acquisitions, business expansions, etc. taking place every now and then.Online Galleries

The industry is growing by leaps and bounds and is facilitating online users. Those who prefer shopping online make loyal customers of online photo galleries. Service providers also delight them by different coupons, deals, and discounts to get more out of it. More and more people are subscribing to this amazing service and it seems like the industry still has a long road ahead.

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