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Image making from past to present

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Camera

There is no doubt that photography has changed a lot since the 1990’s. While photography has been present in the lives of people for more than 160 years, no many are aware or even curious of the dramatic changes that have occurred in camera technology. However, all great photographers have a good understanding of the journey that photography has undergone until the present. In order to get in touch with a professional that knows the basics, you should visit and feast your eyes on modern artwork. Besides the fact that none of the cameras were digital and photographer used to sit around and wait for the picture to dry, there are other interesting facts in the history of image making. [Not a valid template]

The very first images

It is actually astonishing to find out that the first temporary images were created by a Muslim Persian. The invention popularly known as the obscure camera, or the pinhole camera, was discovered over a thousand years ago by Ibn al-Haytham. The camera produced inverted images that used to be cast down a small opening. The reason why so many were totally unaware of this method of photography is that it could not be archived until the later discovery of chemical processes and technologies.

Permanently processing images

The French inventor Niepce managed to capture an eight-hour exposure, namely the View from the Window at Le Gras. The innovation of the technique he used lies in the fact that the inventor worked with chemicals so as to permanently process the image. This actually represented a turning point in photography since Niepce is the first person to have ever captured a permanent photo. However, his camera photographs required long exposure to the sun and this determined him to improve his method. He managed to do so with the help of Louis Daguerre. After the death of Niepce, Daguerre continued his work and came up with a new process where the image was exposed onto a mirror surface. The result was that the luminous quality of the photo was superior, not to mention that the exposure time was significantly reduced.

The colored photos

Regardless of this improvement, the color photo did not appear until1861 when it was discovered that gelatin could be used instead of glass as a base for the photographic plate, meaning the material on which the photo was recorded. The first colored photograph was taken in 1861 when Maxwell has the idea of combining separate black-and-white photographs and taking them through red, green and blue filters. These are the three basic channels that allow the photographers of today to create incredible visual images.  
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