Interesting facts about photography
June 3, 2009 | In: Art facts
The word photography derives from the Greek words ‘photos’ – meaning light and ‘graphien’ – to draw. photography was first used in the year 1839 by Sir John Herschel. Modern photography began in the 1820s with the first permanent photographs.
in 1826 french inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce find a use for a camera obscura to burn a permanent image of the countryside at his Le Gras, France, estate onto a chemical-coated pewter plate. He names his technique “heliography,” meaning “sun drawing.” The black-and-white exposure takes eight hours and fades significantly, but an image is still visible on the plate today.
In 1727 Johann Heinrich Schulze discovered that silver nitrate darkened upon exposure to light.
In 1988, Fuji DS-1P became the first digital camera that captured images as a computerized file. A digital camera captures images in a digital format, unlike a conventional camera, which captures images using a photographic film.
James Clerk Maxwell began working with color in photography in 1860, by taking three exposures, each one with a different color filter (red, green, blue), and then projecting the three images using three lanterns with the corresponding filters.
The owner of Kodak (George Eastman) named his company after the sound the he thought the camera shutter made.
In 1900 Kodak unveils the brownie cameras and they sold for a dollar and film is 15 cents.
The first digital camera offered to consumers was only 1.4 mega-pixels and cost around $10,000.
The most expensive camera in the world named “Daguerreotype” is 168-year-old and belongs to a US-based scholar and was inherited from his father, a technical photography professor at Munich University. The starting bid is $132,000.