There are so many different ways to take photos. Cameras weren’t always standard. They used to be a luxury item. Where did the photograph come from, and where is it going?


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Discovering cameras: A history until now

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There are so many different ways to take photos. Cameras weren’t always standard. They used to be luxury items. This DDW article will discover where the camera came from and where it’s going.

The first camera

Cameras were essentially projectors when they were invented. Images were copied using light boxes; this was the only way to save or capture them.

Many people contributed to the first camera being successful and working properly. However, it was in 1816 that a Frenchman named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce invented the first photographic camera. He hadn’t mastered image processing in his first project, which resulted in his first photograph turning dark from the exposed light. 

Silver-plated materials treated with iodine were a breakthrough in the imaging process. This technology soon caught the attention of the public. Louise Daguerre, 1837, created the first photographic process by continuing the cycle. 

These kinds of advances were extraordinary and reserved for the upper class.

Due to the amount of work, time and money weren’t negotiable for most working-class people. As you might imagine, this progress only improved, and soon anyone could own a quality picture or image. Nowadays, cameras are no longer considered a luxury due to the ease with which they are accessible on smartphones.


In 1888, this is where camera film became available to the public, and this skyrocketed sales. A man called George Eastman became famous for his selling of the Kodak camera. The Kodak camera revolutionised the photography industry. By this point in history, they were portable and affordable for any customer. Once the camera is sent away for processing, the camera film is processed, and then the images are returned to you. Around one-hundred pictures could be stored on this device. 

After a photo gets taken, the fast action printing is very mesmerising. In 1948, the “Polaroid” arrived on the market. The initial cost was high, but other entrepreneurs jumped on board, and it soon became affordable.

The future of camera technology

In the coming years, cameras will likely become more innovative and convenient. We have never had it so easy to take the highest-quality pictures. 

Nevertheless, it’s so wonderful to look back at the invention of the camera until today. After all, we take for granted that we can now easily capture a memory at any given time. 

Almost every device you can buy now will have some form of camera, from hand-held games to cars and, of course, our mobile devices. And with the advantage of filters, which became a part of mainstream media in the late 2000s, the use of cameras daily is ever-increasing. According to, 1.72 trillion photos are captured across the globe in one year, which equals a whopping 4.7 billion photographs per day.

How many photos do you take a day? 

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