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One of the most interesting subjects, photography has been with us for many years. Not only is it an ever-evolving subject but has also come a long way in its relatively short history.

It almost only took 200 years for a camera to develop from a plain box to today’s DSLRs and this has helped us move on from taking blurry photos to capturing our pictures in ultra HD. Moreover, having spread across a lot of industries, photography has now become a very important part of any business development

At DW Images, we understand professional photography, the reason being our experience and in-depth knowledge. This means our experts can assist you in all your photography related pursuits and offer services that can help your business grow in all directions.

That said, if you’ve been curious about this field and want to find out more about the history of photography, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this blog, we’ll be taking a brief look at the highlights of this scientific art form; let’s dive in, shall we?

The Birth of Cameras

The very basic concept of photography dates back to centuries (the fifth century BC to be precise), but it wasn’t recognised until the development of something known as the ‘camera obscura’

However, the camera that came into existence did not record images, it simply projected them onto another surface. While the projection created was upside down, it was useful enough to be traced and create accurate drawings of real objects.

Later, in the 17th century, the camera obscura finally became small enough to be portable. With this, basic lenses and light focus were also introduced, a huge technological leap in the history of photography and camera. 

Corporate Photography; a product shot of red vans

The First Recorded Image 

Modern photography, as we would recognise today, began in the late 1830s. Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a french inventor fascinated by this idea, used the portable camera obscura to expose a plate coated with bitumen to light. This action soon became historical because this was the first recorded image that did not fade.

This further led to different experiments being conducted and emulsions being developed. The three types of emulsions developed were: 

  1. Daguerreotype 
  2. Emulsion Plates 
  3. Dry Plates 

To find out more about these plates, give this blog a read!

Cameras Made Available for Everyone

After several experiments with different chemicals and techniques, the history of photography took a turn and wasn’t only limited to professionals as it was in the late 17th century. 

In the 1880s, George Eastman started a company called Kodak which came up with the idea of a flexible roll film, discarding the need to constantly change the solid plates altogether. This led him to develop a self-contained box camera that held up to 200 film exposures.

This modern camera had a small single lens which required no focusing adjustment. All you had to do was take pictures and send it to the factory for the film to be developed, similar to the modern disposable cameras. 

This revolutionary movement in the history of photography made the first camera affordable for even an average person.

history of photography; Modern-day DSLR.

The Digital Age

Cut to modern-day photography, the digital age started somewhere in the 1980s and 1990s. This is when manufacturers started working on cameras that stored images electronically and the first batch created were known as point-and-shoot cameras wherein a digital media was used instead of an actual film.

Later in 1991, Kodak produced the first ever digital camera that was modern enough to be successfully used by photography experts. This led other manufacturers to quickly follow and give us companies like Canon, Nikon, Pentax and others to offer advanced DSLR cameras. 

Book Your Appointment with DW Images for Professional Photography 

The importance of professional photography cannot be emphasised enough and by now, you know how important it is to live up to date.

At DW Images, we have enough experience to conduct professional photoshoots with ease. We offer various services such as business headshots, 360 product photography, product photography, and event and PR photography.

To top that, we have the necessary setup and professionalism to match your requirements. If you have any further questions or would like to book an appointment, get in touch with us today!

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