The Evolution of Camera From Daguerreotypes to Selfie

CameraMore than a decade ago, people of all colors and races worldwide regard taking pictures as a way to
preserve a memory. Not anymore. To say the least, it is no longer the primary reason why. A recent survey found out that a third of Americans say that they take pictures so they could post it in social
media and brag about the subject.

The top five favorite subjects for picture taking (in order) are family, pets, friends, celebrations and
travel. Surprisingly, despite the primary reason for a picture has changed, people still cling onto the
sentimental side of the photograph – the memories it signifies, according to 90% of the respondents.

Thanks to the invention of the camera, people are able to preserve one’s history. It is interesting to
note, how the device you are holding for taking a selfie or any other shot evolved.

From Daguerreotypes to Selfie

Sir Alexander Wolcott invented and patented the first camera during the year 1840. His invention made
it possible to take candid shots. Louis Jacque Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce, however,
discovered the daguerreotype process. It was the process of creating pictures by coating a copper plate
with the use of silver and treating it with vaporized iodine.

It continuously evolved with the development of paper and celluloid film until the invention of digital
cameras. Devices not only improved but the quality of pictures, too. Kinko, Microsoft and Kodak’s
collaboration introduced digital photography during the late 90s. Picture quality became excellent as
experts learn better to manipulate light by using technologies like the new anti-reflective glass coating
of Canon. Glass windows for homes, offices or cars also used such coating technology.

Fast forward to 2015, more than 66 percent of the American population owns a smart device, making
taking selfie more rampant. So common, in fact, that Oxford included the word “selfie” in its dictionary
in 2013!

Posted on by Colleen Waddell in Dig-IT

About Colleen Waddell

Colleen is working as a freelance blog writer. She studied Information Technology at a local university in Chicago.

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