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Where did Photography Come From?

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As you all know, we love what we do. Being a photographer is highly rewarding because it allows us to capture the true beauty of those that walk through our studio doors. It also allows us to create priceless memories and place them on the walls of our client’s homes. Today we wanted to share with you how our passion became what it is today. Not for just us, but for the entire world. We are going to share with you how photography came to be. 

Early Development of Photography

So, where did photography come from? Well believe it or not, the concept of photography began nearly 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece and China. However, photography was not achieved through a lens like today. So how did they do it? Back then they used a camera obscura, which is a dark room with a tiny hole. With this, images from outside the room could be projected onto one of the walls inside the room.

1,500 years later, a brilliant Italian scientist named Giambattista della Porta realized that camera obscuras could be made on a much smaller scale through the use of a lens. Although this was an amazing advancement in photography history, the camera was still incapable of capturing physical images like they do today. Because of this, artists were required to sketch by hand the images that the lens reflected onto paper to create a physical copy. As you can imagine, this was a very tedious and difficult task. To combat this problem, other brilliant scientists stepped in to find a more appropriate solution.

Continued Evolution of Photography

One such scientist was German Professor of Anatomy, Johann Heinrich Schulze, as he shared with the world that silver salt changed color due to light. From this discovery, Nicéphore Niépce, a Paris inventor in 1828, combined this concept with the camera obscura. This invention created the worlds first camera capable of developing its own physical images on glass, zinc, and pewter plates. However, this process was still very tedious and long.

To fix this, William Henry Fox Talbot, a Cambridge scientist in 1839, reduced development time to one minute with the use of chemicals and paper print. This became the worlds first negative image. With time this method developed into what we had utilized just prior to the 21st century and became vastly popular. However, things quickly changed due to the revolution in technology that swiftly took place in the late 20th century.

Today’s Photography

In 1980 the world of photography saw a change in technology like no other as images went from analog to digital. No longer did photographers rely on chemically developed light-sensitive emulsions. This transition made it easier for everyone to own a camera and become a photographer. By the 1990s Adobe Photoshop was introduced, which allowed photographers to manipulate and adjust their images into something truly outstanding. Due to these advances, we can now create new realities, capture new sights, and experience life more deeply.

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