Postures, views, and standpoints evolve and because of that, fresh and new ideas came into a shape which helps people to create complex and further changes or innovations. The changes we see in the world are mixtures of innovation and new ideas. Particularly, photography is considered as one of the most important developments in the advancement and progress of artistic human expression which revolutionized the society since the Renaissance age where great and illustrious artisans strived hard for the people.
It is important that you understand how photography evolved through the years as wells as how photo makers do if you plan to understand which directions does the photographic breeze are going. It all started with one simple yet a significant thing, a box named Camera Obscura. This is a very simple and unsophisticated apparatus originated in China which means a chamber that is dark. An obscura is a box of varying size which allows the passage of light through its small opening on one side. The light that will be cast inside the box will create an inverted photo or image of the focused person. The principle of this box has been carried from generation to generation up until the present days. A light penetrates through a device that blocks light through a hole which is now called an aperture or lens to create an image. Before these projected images are traced by artists but now the manner of recording has been transformed into a more complex way.
Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor, who has the title as being the inventor and founder of photography. He produced the oldest and earliest photograph while sitting on his window pane in France. What he created was a tiny refined pewter coated by bitumen solution and oil made from lavenders. After several days, an image formed in the camera obscura of Niepce. Being interested and amazed with these, he partnered with another artist, Louis Daguerre, to investigate more about the happening and the process. Daguerre continued the work after Niepce passed away leaving just his notes to him. He then discovered how to quickly expose and measure these photos.
After decades, instead of things, humans started to take pictures of themselves or other people. Robert Cornelius was the first person who attempted to take a picture of him. It was in the year 1983 when he stood outside their store and performed the first ever selfie in the history of mankind. He labeled his picture as “the first light picture ever taken”. But Daguerre was the first one to photograph a human although not selfie after he made a photo of a temple in Paris that requires a long exposure, thus, erasing all moving objects and people except for a customer and a shoe shiner.
Photographs in these years are not reprintable. Meaning everything is unique and real once you create your own photograph. Later on, a monumental development happened after a person created small and portable dry plates for photography. This changed the way of taking photos with its fast, ready to use, and handheld dry plates. This is the age where snapshots came into life.