Sharing your travel photos today is a simple click away thanks to how far photography technology has come. Gone are the days where you almost needed an advanced science degree to be able to capture beloved memories. Today anyone with even the slightest of sense can take amazing photos, and thanks to social media outlets, those images can be shared with the world almost instantly after they are captured.
The idea or science behind the camera arose somewhere around the 5th and 4th centuries BC. A well known man you may know as Aristotle was among those who helped contribute to the advent of the camera. The first cameras were box like contraptions known as pinhole cameras, and the camera obscura, which unlike the modern day camera could not produce a permanent likeness of a subject on paper. It would rather project an image which could be traced by an artist, resulting in an extremely exact drawing of a subject.
To cover the complete history of photography would take a very thick book, but the goal over the next couple of thousand years was to perfect the camera to produce a permanent sharp colorful image which could easily be shared with the masses. Today with the advent of digital photography, the camera has begun to almost act as a new art tool, like a paintbrush, which has infinite possibilities of transforming an ordinary image into an original unique work of art. In this way photography has almost gone back to its early beginnings as a work of art and not simply a goal to capture the images we see in front of us as they truly appear.
We are extremely lucky to be blessed with the photographic technology of today as it is quite simple. The race has been ongoing to create the smallest and most advanced camera such as the GoPro and the Nikon Coolpix S01, which literally means the potential of what a camera can do literally rests in the palm of our hand.
No longer are large bulky cameras needed which required a heavy tripod to be used if we wanted to zoom in on a subject. My tripod which I had used daily to capture my early images now rests in the closet collecting cobwebs. Changing lenses on cameras, although still done by serious professional photographers, are not needed for the amateur photographer, who in all honesty can produce images that rival those of so called professionals.
The camera has gone from a very expensive hobby to a very inexpensive way of sharing our beloved memories. I remember having to purchase loads and loads of those dumb little film canisters which became very costly. Five dollars bought you 24 images whereas now five dollars can buy you an 8 GB memory card which can hold thousands of photos and video.
We are also blessed with instant gratification of seeing the images we wished to capture, unlike in the past when we would have to drop off our film at photo developing companies and wait sometimes days in the hopes we were able to successfully get good pictures. Travel photographers would come back from far off destinations in which they spent a good fortune on flights, accommodation, etc, not knowing if the images they went to capture would turn out how they had hoped. Today photographers instantly know if their trip was successful or not.
Long gone too are the days of physical photo albums where we would share our memories. Today they exist online and it has been statistically shown that only 20 percent of digital images are actually printed on paper. Websites like Facebook and Flickr have become today’s photo albums which can not only be shared instantly with people across the world but are also free, making photography for the modern day person extremely affordable.
In the past when all was said and done, a roll of film containing just 24 images would cost at least $25, which included the film, developing, and their display in an album. That equates to more than $1 per image, and those images could not be altered or fixed in any way unlike today’s digital photography. You were stuck with whatever the photo developing company gave you back, who employed young teenage kids with not the slightest idea of how to develop pictures, leaving your chances of getting professional looking images almost nil.
Today you can not only produce professional looking photos in the comfort of your underwear at home, and endlessly edit them to your wildest imaginations, but can also create amazing coffee table books and canvas prints to decorate your home. Digital photography has definitely become the most accepted form of photography and has bankrupted those companies which were reluctant to jump on board such as the infamous Kodak company.
Our kids will no longer understand what is meant by the saying of a “Kodak Moment,” but thanks to how far photography has come we can now all create those moments with ease.
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