Monday, October 16th, 2017

The History of Digital Photography

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Photography has gone a long way from the early attempts at
capturing images using the camera obscura to today’s
digital photography.

However, photography’s development has never been as fast
as the development seen today in the digital age.

Digital photography began with the concept of digitizing
images for the use of astronauts when having missions on
planets.

A company called Texas Instruments also designed a filmless
analog camera in 1972, but it was never produced.

However, the first digital camera was built by Steven
Sasson of Kodak three years later. Unlike the compact
cameras of today, Sasson’s creation was a bulky eight-pound
camera which took 23 seconds to capture an image to a
cassette and another 23 seconds to play it back on a
television screen. The first image had a resolution of 0.01
megapixels but it was a start.

There were other attempts at building digital cameras but
it was only in the late 1980s when the first true digital
camera was created. The Fuji DS-1P was built in 1988 but it
was never mass-marketed.

The 1990s saw the rise of commercially-available digital
cameras. They were, however, pricey at first and had very
low image resolutions. But later developments led to more
consumer-friendly prices and better resolutions.

Today, digital photography has crossed-over to different
gadgets aside from the digital camera. Most cellular phones
and PDAs now have cameras built in to them. Some even have
resolutions as big as 5 megapixels.

But unlike professional digital cameras, phone cameras can
only save pictures in a compressed JPG format.


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Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18

The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Psalm 24:1-2

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
Psalm 104:10-13

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number living things both large and small.
Psalm 104:24-25

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!
Ted Grant

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
Dorothea Lange

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
Matt Hardy

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
Elliott Erwitt

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Imogen Cunningham

You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.
William Albert Allard

If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.
Garry Winogrand

I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.
Anonymous

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams

It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.
Timothy Allen

 


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