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10 Facts - Photography

  1. Old photographs were taken with huge large format cameras. Because the technology wasn’t as advanced, an image would take hours to expose correctly. The subjects never smiled because they had to stay still for hours for one photo.

  2. In 1861, Thomas Sutton suggested the process to create the world’s first color image. The result of layering three separate images of red, green, and blue filters. These were then projected onto a photosensitive plate with the corresponding filters.

  3. You might think that funny cat photos are a trend that began a few years ago, but, cat photography has origins in the 19th century.

  4. French inventor Gaspard-Félix Tournachon captured the first aerial image in 1858.

  5. All 12 of the Hasselblad cameras that followed Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission were abandoned on the moon. In fact, they are still there today. They needed the extra space for rock samples.

  6. You might not believe it, but Caffenol is a real thing. Use coffee, vitamin C, and washing soda to develop your black and white negatives.

  7. The most viewed photograph is the default wallpaper for Windows XP. The image named ‘Bliss”, captured by Charles O’Rear in 1996. He didn’t make as much money as you would imagine. Microsoft bought the image from stock website Corbis.

  8. In 1975, Steven Sasson invented the world’s first digital camera.

  9. The Largest SLR Lens Weighs Over 560 Pounds.

  10. Unlike Canon, which means a rule or law, Kodak means absolutely nothing. George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, just liked the sound of the letter ‘K,’ so he created a whole world about it.