The Fascinating History of Photography.
Just like many words in specialty field, the word photography came to be from the Greek language based on 2 words: photos and graphein. Photos and graphein mean light and to draw respectively. This words was first used in the early years of the 1830’s. However, this does not mean that is the time people started taking pictures. People were involved in photography as early as 2000 years before the word came to be. Ancient Chinese and Greek people were making art that could be said to be photography. Nowadays, you can snap photos with just your smartphone and it is not the same thing the early communities were making. Nonetheless, it is rather fascinating not to forget how rich it is. You should continue reading to learn about the changes that has happened from the time of camera obscura to smartphone. The people living on this earth discovered the process of picture creation with the use of a dark chamber and boring a hole on one wall about two millennials before.
With an image standing outside the dark chamber, the image was projects on its anterior walls through the hole. The process is the definition of camera obscura. In the late 16th century, inventors and scientists were projecting the images with the help of lenses. The picture images were created by tracing the subjects and then filling them in. When it comes to lithography, Nicephore Niepce has to be mentioned. Lithography is basically the copying of the images on a lithographic stone. The professionals would then print the image in ink after they were done. Heliography came to be in 1822 courtesy of Niepce. In this process, Niepce depended on sunlight in drawing these images. Niepce used heliography in copying the oil engravings to a number of surfaces including glass, pewter plates, stone as well zinc. Niepce did try to create paper prints of the images but it did not work. In the year 1829, Louis-Jacques- Mande Daguerre partnered with Niepce. His main agenda was making the exposure time shorter than it already was. Niepce’s partner continued the work after his death and he was able to achieve the goal. Through the use of plates containing iodized silver which held the image and then exposing them to mercury, he was able to achieve that. The production time was markedly reduced when Louis-Jacques- Mande Daguerre finally figured out the process. Even with such a milestone, these images were not permanent. Such images would end up dissolving eventually if they came into contact with light. Louis-Jacques- Mande Daguerre continued working on the invention until he was successful in making permanent images in 1837. You can learn more about this history here.