WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY
On August 19, World Photography Day is observed across the world. But, do you know why and how did this all started?
As we all know, the significance World Photography Day is to celebrate photography. Around this date, you will see multiple photography contests, workshops and meets in order to mark the importance of this day.
World Photography Day originated back in 1837 when Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre invented the Daguerreotype photographic process. But the actual reason why this day is celebrated on this date is that on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased and released the patent of the Daguerre photographic process free to the World.
Since the year 1837, the evolution of the photography gear has been such that from a box-shaped heavy camera, we have now started carrying a mobile phone camera in our pocket. During the 35mm film camera days, there used to be a limit as to how many exposures you can click in a reel. Nowadays, you can click thousands of photos using your camera without worrying about the cost of production.
Can you image your life without a camera? In this era, we can click and share photos in minutes, such is the need of a camera in our life. Whether we are going for a vacation, or having a party, talking pictures has now become a part of our lives.
Most fascinating thing about photography after the introduction of digital camera is that you can see the photo right away after clicking it. That’s not it, you can even record videos and instantly share it on your social media platforms.
Let’s have a look at some interesting facts related to photography:
Fact 1: The first digital camera was created in December 1975, by Steve Sasson, who was an Engineer at Eastman Kodak. The camera weighed 8 pound and recorded 0.01 megapixel black and white photos. It took 23 seconds to create the first photograph.
Fact 2: In 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura. Prior to that, people used camera obscura for viewing or drawing purposes only.
Fact 3: The known aerial photograph was taken by French photographer Gaspar Felix Tournachon in 1858. He was also a balloonist and took the photograph from hot air balloon.
Fact 4: The most expensive camera on the planet was a 1923 Leica O-Series camera after it was sold for approximately $2.79 million at a WestLicht auction.
Fact 5: In 1861, a Scottish physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, created the first color photograph. He photographed a tartan ribbon three times: using a red, blue and yellow filter, and later on combined the three images into the final composite.
Fact 6: As on 2015, Facebook users on an average upload 360 million photos daily and there are total 250 billion photos uploaded on Facebook.
Fact 7: The Gunnies World Record for the largest photography competition entrant is achieved by Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland from Netherlands. He submitted 168,208 entries at the Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 competition, from 1 July 2011 to 31 September 2011.
Fact 8: The largest collection of cameras in the world is held by Dilish Parekh of Mumbai. He has a collection of 4,425 antique cameras
Fact 9: Today we snap as many photos every two minutes as humanity as a whole did in the 1800s.
Fact 10: The f-number of the human eye varies from about f/8.3 in brightly lit conditions, to about f/2.1 in dark conditions.