About what? About Photograpy, right…
Photography is the art of using and manipulating the camera and film to produce unique images of reality or formal abstractions. -> this is the definition I like most 😉
Sir John Herschel made this concept public in the year 1839. But… this is not the beginning.
The first successful picture was produced in June/July 1827, using material that hardened on exposure to light. This picture required an exposure of eight hours.
Louis Daguerre continued Sir Jon’s work by reducing the exposure time from eight hours down to half an hour. He also discovered that an image could be made permanent by immersing it in salt.
Next was Paul Delaroche who named it named it the Daguerreotype. Rival to the Daguerreotype, was the Calotype invented by William Henry Fox Talbot. Compared with Daguerreotypes the quality of the early Calotypes was somewhat inferior. However, the great advantage of Talbot’s method was that an unlimited number of positive prints could be made.
In 1851 a new era in photography was introduced by Frederick Scott Archer , who introduced the Collodion process.This process was much faster than conventional methods, reducing exposure times to two or three seconds, thus opening up new horizons in photography.
The next major step forward came in 1871, when Dr. Richard Maddox discovered a way of using Gelatin (which had been discovered only a few years before) instead of glass as a basis for the photographic plate. This led to the development of the dry plate process.
Celluloid had been invented in the early eighteen-sixties, and John Carbutt persuaded a manufacturer to produce very thin celluloid as a backing for sensitive material. George Eastman is particularly remembered for introducing flexible film in 1884. Four years later he introduced the box camera, and photography could now reach a much greater number of people.
In 1963 when a student at Stanford University invented a videodisk camera that could take a photograph and store the image on a disk for several minutes this would be the precursor to digital photography.
In the mid 70s Kodak began to work on film-less technologies. In the mid 80’s with the release of the compact disc digital technology was vastly increasing. By 1990 the first digital camera hit shelves for commercial sales.
And, finaly, on 1 january 2007, the idea of this information full Photoaxe has been born. Now Photoaxe is a brand, with logo and everything, that people think about when they stumble upon photography tutorials, tips and tricks for beginners, ebooks and courses, as well as camera reviews and other photographic equipment.