Photography has exploded to become one of the largest growing professions and hobbies in the world. It was invented as an art form in the 1830s. The coining of the term is attributed to Sir John Herschel. The word is derived from the Greek word (phōs), meaning “light”, and (graphê), meaning “drawing”; together  meaning “drawing with light”.

Although, centuries before the creation of photography, people projected images on the wall or a piece of paper – the basic principles of lens and camera were already figured out. The instrument they used was called the Camera Obscura (which is Latin for the “dark room”). 

The first photo picture, although blurry, was taken in 1825 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor.

At first, painters saw the usage of photography as aid for their work. But in 1900, the first Kodak Brownie was introduced, becoming the first commercial camera, and it was affordable also for the middle-class. It took only black and white photos and it was very popular in its time due to its efficiency and easy usage.

Worthy of note is that in the 1930s and 40s, Fuji Photo Film Company and Polaroid Corporation were influential in the revolution of photography. These organizations turned photography into more of an art by massively producing easy to use cameras. Along with simplifying the technology behind photography, the opportunities the camera gave the photographer and the viewers were actually amazing.

As you may know, remarkably, photography gave us the opportunity to see our planet from outer space. In 1946, the first ever picture of the Earth was taken from space, taken by the V-2 No. 13 suborbital spaceflight, to the awe of millions of viewers.

However, as opposed to its previous form in the early part of the 20th century, modern photography has grown to become immensely powerful. It is nothing short of magic. Today, you could take photographs on your smartphone that the best camera 50 years ago would faint at the sight of.

The Nikon D800, a DSLR camera.
DSLR photography live view

The pixel quality of a modern camera is simply incredible, equipped with features like the revolutionary DSLR technology , ultra-zoom and image stabilization. All these have made photography a more sophisticated art form than ever before, and with photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop, photography has simply surpassed painting in sheer power of technique, with video becoming a form of advanced photography.

Photography has become so accessible that you do not even need a camera; a phone would do. Since the end of the last millennium, beginning with the Kyocera Visual Phone VP-210, released in Japan in May 1999 , phones have been equipped with increasingly very powerful cameras that at times can rival some decent standard cameras, as is the case with many smartphones today.

Gallery of smartphone photography:

Photography has become everything in today’s digital world; an essential part of life and even earning a living. Obviously, it has proven to be one of man’s greatest creations.


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