The history of Photography

The principle of exposing light in a dark room was the concept behind photography. Although the concept was not developed until 1800 when Thomas Wedgwood unsuccessfully attempted to invent the equipment. Twenty years later, Nicéphore Niépce built the concept to success. It had numerous limitations since there was too much exposure to light for it to take a picture. Louis Daguerre capitalized on the challenge and built a camera that was widely accepted in 1839.

As usual, as time elapses new technology and people with brains use the challenges to come up with equipment that is more complex. William Henry Fox Talbot later invented the camera, which took pictures within seconds of exposure, unlike the initial one which took images within seconds of exposure. It used the concept of film and negatives and the concept of color or black and white. The main advantage of the film was the fact that the negative could be reproduced in other copies of the photos. This was throughout the 19th century. At the end of the century, when there was the introduction of the computers there was the innovation of the digital cameras which incorporated the two media concepts. This was the norm in the entire 20th  century. The 21st century saw a revolution of technological appliances and new technology was taking shape. The traditional film cameras lost meaning and became unpopular. The digital cameras took the globe by a storm, although the developed nations were the first to receive the technology. The emerging and developing nations got the concept in the middle of the 21st century.

The digital cameras had better image quality, and you could see the photo in a soft copy before it could be printed compared to the traditional photography; where the film did not have a prior view and there was no guarantee the picture was taken, there are laptop that works best with photos too so they can edit it first before printing . Another disadvantage was that you could not print single photos; the film had to be filled with photos then produce the entire film. The worst of it was the film must not be exposed to sunlight, such a mistake led to the destruction of the film and the other photos stored in it.

The advanced stages of photography were as a result of technological appliances required in producing the photographs.Tripods are invented to make sure photos are more focused( Computer invention also made technology developers to produce printers which could accommodate photos and different types of paper. Photos must be printed on specialized paper. Initially, the cameras could only take two colors that are- black and white. As more innovation came in existence, the colored photographs took center stage. Currently, the vintage black and white are considered tradition photography.

The digital platform has also moved steps, initially there were specialized camera for the colored photographs, now the cameras are in built in mobile phones, tablets, and computers. The technological advancement photography has taken in the world history is commendable. The inventions are initiated in developed countries, but developing countries accept the concept much later due to distance and other government policies.