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Intro to photography


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Photography Year 9

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Intro to photography

  1. 1. Intro to Photography
  2. 2. What is ‘photography’ • Photography is derived from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). It is the art, science, and practice of creating lasting images by recording light. • Today we use mobile phones and digital cameras to create photographs but this wasn’t always the case...
  3. 3. HOW was the camera invented? • The camera was a technological development that started first with the discovery of a technological device called the camera obscura. This technology first created an image of a scene that dates back to ancient China! • The camera obscura literally means “dark chamber” in Latin. It is a box with a hole in it which allows light to go through and create an image onto the piece of paper. A camera obscura receives images just like the human eye—through a small opening and upside down. Our brain turns the images the right way up. In a camera, a mirror is used.
  4. 4. Leonardo da Vinci mentions natural cameras obscura that are formed by dark caves on the edge of a sunlit valley. Photographer Abelardo Morell’s camera obscura turns darkened rooms into magical landscapes (Printed in National Geographic Magazine) Central Park, New York City A hole in the cave wall will act as a pinhole camera and project an upside down image on a piece of paper. So the birth of photography was primarily concerned with developing a means to fix (make permanent) and retain (keep) the image produced by the camera obscura.
  5. 5. How to make a camera obscura
  6. 6. History of Photography • Read Chapter 10 of your textbook • Summarise brief notes on the history of photography in a one page worksheet, add this to your folio.
  7. 7. Joseph Niépce: 1826 - 27
  8. 8. Extra credit – try to make one!