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History of Photography and the Camera

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The first photograph was taken in 1827 by a man named Joseph Niepce. The picture took hours to get a permanent exposure. A few years later Louis Daguerre would come up with the first real practical camera. Throughout the remainder of the 1800's, scientists would make gradual improvements on the camera and different methods of exposures.

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In the late 1800's George Eastman invented camera film. First paper film and later celluloid film. He also invented the small box camera called the Kodak. This was the first time that cameras became relatively easy to carry around and take photos. It was still nothing like the cameras today, but photography as a hobby had been born.

In the early 1900's the 35mm camera was invented by Oskar Barnack. The 35mm enabled high quality photos to be taken on rolled film.

Throughout the rest of the 1900's improvements were made on cameras. Features were added and the quality was improved. Photography became extremely popular as a hobby. Photography also began to be recognized as an art form with photos being accepted as art in many art galleries. Photographers like Ansel Adams gained fame for the artistic qualities of their photographs. Photo journalism also became an important part of news and telling stories and conveying the news.
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In the 1990's digital cameras were introduced to the mass market by Kodak. These cameras became very popular by the year 2000 and today are the most popular type of cameras. They give the ability to check photos immediately after taking them, digital photos are easy to share and to email, they are easy to store and taking a digital camera picture does not cost anything or use any film. If you don't like the picture you can delete it.

Photography has become a major part of our daily life. It is used to record our history and lives. Photography is a great hobby, art form, and news source. Photography done well can tell a story, convey emotion and inspire us.
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