First and foremost…
The camera’s origins can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Chinese. This early civilisations projected real-life scenes onto a surface or wall using a camera obscura, a very basic optical instrument. Despite its simple architecture, the camera obscura remained popular for thousands of years. Artists like Leonardo Da Vinci used its light projections to bring dimension to their ‘3D’ art during the Renaissance. Wide camera obscuras became popular seaside attractions later in the Victorian period. Thousands of people flocked to them to spy on local courting couples. Despite the fact that the early cameras were a big success with artists and photographers,
The first image is
During the 1800s, Britain and France competed for first place in the quest to develop early photography technologies. When Nicéphore Niépce took the first photograph in 1827, the French beat the British to the punch. The French beat the British to another ‘first’ eleven years later, when Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of a human being in his photograph ‘Boulevard du Temple.’ For inventing the groundbreaking ‘Daguerreotype’ photographic methods, Daguerre earned yet another place in history. Around the same time, William Henry Fox Talbot, a British inventor, invented the calotype method and, with it, the first portrait on paper. Both Daguerre and Talbot had rediscovered photography.
The SLR is a single-lens reflex camera
Kodak can’t claim exclusive responsibility for pioneering early camera innovations. Following WWII, a different form of camera appeared on the scene: the Single Lens Reflex camera (SLR). Despite the fact that SLRs had been around since the nineteenth century, the first cameras were not very common. Scientists and journalists began to use cameras as technologies advanced and cameras got smaller and smaller. Because of their more precise viewfinders, they’d been the go-to camera for expert photographers by the 1950s and 1960s. The earliest cameras were developed in Germany and the Soviet Union, but after 1945, Japanese SLR cameras became very popular. Nikon and Canon are two of the most well-known brands.
Photographs taken in a flash
Edwin Land was on vacation with his family in 1943 when his daughter inquired as to why she couldn’t see the photograph he’d just taken of her. Land came up with the idea for an instant camera the same day thanks to her innocent inquiry. Just five years later, when his camera was released, it was the first time in history that customers could snap and produce film themselves. Polaroid had the most commercial success with the instant camera, despite the fact that Land’s lightbulb moment was the catalyst for its invention. Consumers loved the 1965 Polaroid Swinger camera, which helped the Polaroid become one of the best-selling cameras of all time.
So, where do we go from here?
Camera technology has come a long way, with over 1.8 billion images posted to the internet every day. New technology has advanced to the point that you can now take a selfie anywhere, wherever, using a super-slim smartphone that fits in your pocket. What happens now that the iPhone has proven to be the world’s most famous camera, allowing us to take instant photos and post them on social media? We can only speculate about what the camera would be like in the next two hundred years.