You may be having the most expensive camera capable of clicking the finest quality images. But, that amazing looking gadget wasn’t built overnight. Go back a few decades and ask a photographer what megapixels mean, and he won’t stop staring at your face with his mouth wide open. No one back then knew most of the photographic terms that we know of today.
So, when did it all start? It basically started somewhere around 4th or the 5th century. Well, not exactly, but that was when the Greek and the Chinese philosophers described the basic principles of optics which are relevant with current camera technology.
Centuries later Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1814 achieved the first photographic image with ‘Camera Obscura’. However, the image needed 8 hours of exposure to light. Imagine a man standing in front of the camera eager to be clicked. He starts out in the morning at 9 am, stands still until 3 in the afternoon and finally gets clicked at 5 in the eye. By then the smile on his face was all faded out. So, that was the problem with ‘Camera Obscura’.
However, you now have cameras that go Click! Click! Click! And you don’t even realize that you have been captured. The modern-day cameras are a result of a huge amount of research. Unlike the earlier bulky cameras, the ones available today are much smaller and can easily fit your pocket. Moreover, they are very easy to maintain.
So, from 8 hours to just a few microseconds, the camera you own has indeed undergone a huge transformation. No wonder why then earlier camera inventors deserve to be appreciated. Had they not done it for you, you wouldn’t have had any picture perfect photos.