The History of the Camera - Understand how Far Has the Camera Traveled in Human History


We have come a long way, and we should be proud of the accomplishments we have achieved so far as humans. One of these accomplishments is the creation of the camera, which has evolved throughout history, to become a better device for its users.

In today’s article, we are going to be talking about, the different parts of the camera and the history of this great device, which have touched a lot of people’s lives. Less than 200 years ago, the camera has evolved from a crude process that involved chemicals and a cumbersome camera, to simple and sophisticated devices.

These new devices are helping us create images and shapes instantly, to fill our lives with symbols for our memories, to never forget beautiful moments. We have smartphones today though, and it is easy for anyone to be able to take a picture and keep it for their memories.

Photography has had an impact on the entire world, there is no doubt about that because today we have a whole culture of selfies, which was created mainly since humans, were able to take a picture of themselves.

The camera didn’t start with that we have today though, it has evolved from its ancient forefathers and has become what we have today.

The pinhole camera and the camera obscura are both the ancestors of a photographic camera. The camera obscura is the precursor of the pinhole camera and was invented by the Arab scholar Ibn Al-Haytham (945-1040). He demonstrated how a flat surface can be used to project an image using light; although earlier references to the camera obscura, have been found in Chinese texts dating back to 400 B.C.

In the mid-1600s artists were able to draw and paint elaborate real-world images, using the camera obscura. Large surfaces were used, to project images using the magic lantern, which possessed the same principles of the camera obscura. The camera was mentioned, in Aristotle’s writings which date, as far back as 4th century B.C. and was not quite what we consider a camera today.

Surprisingly, the same ancient principles used by the cameras back in the day, have remained the same, for cameras used today. The device mentioned in Aristotle’s writings, produced an accurate image, although it was rudimentary. A full-sized room was used, to capture images, with the earlier versions of the camera obscura.

It was not until 1816, that a French inventor, by the name of Nicéphore Niépce, introduced, paper covered with silver chloride, into a small camera to capture images. The silver chloride was replaced ten years later, with bitumen, and we still use this technique for cameras today.

The first practical process of photography didn’t take place until another Frenchman by the name of Louis Daguerre experimented with ways to capture an image. He was able to capture an image, prevent that image from disappearing and reduce the exposure time to less than 30 mins, twelve years after he began experimenting.

The camera has a rich history, and continues to evolve, for it to be where it is at today because many people continue to innovate what we have, to create something new and better. People such as Steve Jobs, gave us a beautiful phone, which aimed at taking the camera to a new level, which we never saw until he created it.

Thank you for reading this article!!!


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Hernando Cadet

Hi every one, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics back in 2006, from Claflin University, after I received my bachelor's degree, I gained full time employment as a software engineer at a Video Relay Service company, maintaining databases and developing software for a new developed device called the VPAD.

I worked at that company for two years, then I became a web developer, and worked for a magazine for three years. After that job, I worked as a Drupal web developer, as a subcontractor for the NIH, for a year and then left the job to go back to school.

Hernando Cadet

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