The Evolution of Photographs
Everything on the surface of the earth is subject change. Change, for better or for worse, happens whether we like it or not. Everything you see today has evolved from something else. This fact is also true when it comes to photographs and photography in general. Since the first photograph was taken in 1826 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a combination of new ideas and innovations has driven photography to what it is today. The gadgets used in taking and printing photos have been evolving for better and so has the quality of the final product- the photo.
Photography is apparently one of the most revolutionary additions to the development of human artistic expression. Before 1826, people still captured events and moment though other methods such as drawing. But the invention of the camera took this to a new higher level altogether. Although the first photograph was not very clear, Nicephore was able to set the ball rolling for greater things to come. Towards the end of the 19th century, the first photo booth was developed. This coin-operated machine had an automated camera and film processor. By 1950s, innovators had already developed cameras and printers that could make high-quality colored photographs.
Towards the end of the 20th century, the world of photography witnessed the advent of digital photography. Contrary to the analog camera that used film, digital cameras make used of a charged-coupled device (CCD) in converting light to an electronic file such as MPEG or JPEG. A layer of photosensitive capacitor array on the CCD senses light of different intensities and transfer the relative data to the camera’s processor. Digital technology has allowed us to have smaller cameras that can fit in pockets. Pocket-fitting gadgets such as mobile phones are now coming with cameras that can take very high-quality of photos. In addition, it is imperative to note that the modern photo booths are digital. Consequently, printing of photos is now easier, and it is now possible to do instant prints.
In a nutshell, it is apparent that photography has come a long way. From the bulky camera and the daunting printing process used Nicephore to create the first photograph, the world of photography has gradually evolved to be how we see it today. Now, the process of developing photos is effortless thanks to the enormous technological progress the world of photography has witnessed in the last 1990 years.