Photography Facts

Photography is a way of making a picture using a camera. A person who makes pictures using a camera is called a photographer. A picture made using a camera is called a photograph or photo. See the fact file below for more information about photography.
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  • 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 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.
  • In 1900 Kodak unveiled the brownie camera which sold for $1.00. The film for the camera sold for 15 cents.
  • George Eastman, the owner of Kodak, named his company after the sound the shutter of a camera made.
  • 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 is named “Daguerreotyp “. It is 168-years-old and belongs to a scholar in the United States. He inherited it from his father who was a technical photography professor at Munich University. It is estimated to cost $132,000.