Thursday, June 8, 2017

Just the Facts, Ma'am

by Linda

One day, whilst perusing the internet, I happened upon some interesting facts about photography. Today I want to share some of them with you.

You may already know some of them, and if you know of more fun facts, please share!

1. Back in the 1820's early cameras would take several hours to capture an image on film. No wonder nobody was smiling in those early photos!

2. Photographing adults was difficult, imagine asking a child to sit still for hours! Sometimes they would photograph a child after they had died. (what?) Sometimes they would cover the mother, disguising her as a chair, to hold the child. Check out these "convincing" photos!

3. Today the number of photos taken every two minutes is the same as the number of photos taken in the 1800's.

4. The first digital camera was created in 1975, took 23 seconds to create a picture, only made black and white pictures, had 0.1 mega pixels and weighed 8 pounds.

5. The number of photos on Facebook is greater than 240 billion. 350 million photos are uploaded everyday.

6. in 1826 a French photographer took a picture through the window of his estate. The exposure time for this picture was 8 hours. See it here

7. The surface of the moon is a graveyard for 12 Hasselbald cameras. They were taken to the moon during the first landing of man on the moon but had to be left behind to compensate for the additional weight of the moon rocks the astronauts were taking back.


Dotti said...

What fun facts! But, oh, my! Those hidden mother photos are just plain spooky. Can you imagine sitting covered up for that length of time? I would have suffocated, I can't stand to have my head covered. By the way, thanks for not sharing the photos of dead children.

Photography has, thankfully, come a long way. All the same, that is an obscene number of photos uploaded to FB every day. What I want to know is, who counts them?

Cathy H. said...

Fascinating facts! I had no idea it took so long to take portraits. I now see why everyone looked miserable. Today, I'm filled with gratitude for our much faster cameras.

Jeanne said...

Actually very fascinating facts!! And really emphasize the many changes.. so rapid.. in the world we live in

AFishGirl said...

Very interesting! Amazing to really contemplate.

terriporter said...

Those mothers masquerading as chairs cracked me up! Like Cathy said, I'm so glad to live at a time with the amazing technology we now have. And I love that, with the advent of phone cameras, now EVERYBODY is a photographer! Thanks for this fun and informative posst!

Carol said...

This is really fascinating - how fast the world changes. (And your puppy pic is adorable!!)

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