Photography has a rich history, from marathon portrait sessions in the 19th century to recent social media photography phenomena. Today, smartphone digital cameras and digital SRL cameras have created an unreal number of amateur photographers. Many new DSLR cameras are smarter than the average SLR photographer, which can pose challenges as well as opportunities.
Throughout the decades, one thing has not changed. Photography has always evolved. Below is a list of 10 fun photography facts, from spy satellites in the pre-digital age to intoxicated individuals in images across U.K. social media sites.
1.Show the Best Side
According to a study from Blackburn and Schrillo from Wake Forest University, people find the left side of the face to be more aesthetically pleasing than the right side. Smile for the camera, and show the left side.
2.The Best Side Might Not Matter if You Are Intoxicated
A survey in 2013 suggested that 76 percent of Brits on social media sites were intoxicated when their images were tagged.
3.Digital Cameras Are Everywhere
It is estimated that we currently take as many photographs every two minutes as all people did throughout the entire 19th century.
4.Thank Goodness for Digital Cameras
Before digital photography was introduced, the United States government resorted to taking photographs of the Soviet Union by satellite. The rolls of film had to be rocketed back to Earth periodically in order to be developed and viewed.
5.Viral Images of Cute Cats are Old News
It is no secret that people love images of cute kittens in ridiculous poses. However, these memes are more than an internet trend. The cute cat image craze dates back to the 1870s. Photographer Harry Pointer figured out that images of cats with captions sold much better than other types of photographs.
6.Kodak also Figured Out the Cute Animal Thing
“Kolorkins” were a set of cute, cuddly toys used to get young children interested in photography in 1990.
7.There Are Currently 12 Cameras on the Moon
This is not another space conspiracy theory. One dozen Hasselblad cameras remain on the moon’s surface after they were left behind. Lunar rock samples collected did not allow the cameras to be brought back due to issues with weight requirements.
8.Taking Photographs in Outer Space Might Not Be the Best Idea Anyway
Taking photographs in outer space can be nearly impossible due to the vibrations caused by various pieces of machinery. Images are typically blurry and difficult to clearly see when taken by hand. Fans and jet firings tend to mess things up for especially ambitious photographers.
9.Cameras and Firearms Were Made Together
At one point in time, both firearms and cameras contained the same chemicals in their respective cartridges. To this day, taking pictures or going to the firing range is referred to as “going shooting.”
10.The Largest Personal Collection of Cameras is in Mumbai
Dilish Parekh of Mumbai, India currently holds the largest collection of cameras on the planet. He has approximately 4,425 rare and antique cameras in his collection, which was started in 1977.
There is More to Digital Photography than Most Think
Digital cameras are a great way to have a new hobby or a side job. Most people probably will not spy on a foreign country or collect thousands of cameras. However, the cute cat pictures are always a great option for digital photographers.