Wednesday, May 18, 2011

 Say Cheese for 20 minutes!

Photography at its very beginning was neither instant, color or very comfortable. Here are 3 things you probably didn't know about what photo fans had to go through at first.

The first photography process available out there required people to stand still for 10 to 20 minutes in order to obtain a proper exposure and have their photo taken. It was going on around the year 1840.

People had access to color photography well before it was actually invented. How come? No magic was involved. After the black and white images were printed, specially trained experts were coloring them by hand, using a brush. It was a very complex and detailed process and only very skillful persons were able to do it.

For almost 50 years after its invention, photography remained a luxury accessible to few people. It was George Eastman who introduced the flexible film in 1884 and turned photography into a hobby for all. The same Eastman invented the popular brand Kodak.  (pictured below is the Kodak Brownie camera)

From 2011 Best Family Photography Tips Newsletter

Images from Google Images

1 comment:

Katie said...

I think camera obscuras (so?) were first prior to 1840s. They were invented around in van gogh days 1400s - which might interest you. The obscuras actually were invented in like 900 bc but they were not actually recording images initially.