The life of photography has been on going since 1827 and doesn't not appear to have an end point any time soon.
The First Photograph
Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph using the camera obscura. Before this the camera obscura was used merely for viewing and drawing purposes. This photograph took eight hours of sun exposer and would fade away shortly after.
Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce joined forces in order to combine their techniques. This allowed a faster advancement do to the fact that they could now work simultaneously.
After years of experimentation and the death of partner Joesphe Niepce, Louis Daguerre developed the Daguerreotype. This allowed for a much shorter exposer time, as well as a long lasting photograph that wouldn't change with exposer.
Daguerrotype Popularity Boost
Daguerre along with Niepce's son sold the rights to the Daguerreotype to the french government. This allowed for an immense popularity boost for the Dagguerreotype, and soon studios began popping up all over the place.
Introduced by William Henry Talbot, the Calotype process was the first negative-positive process, which allowed for multiple copies.
First photograph Used in Advertisement
In Philadelphia, the first advertisement with a photograph was released. This greatly increased the popularity of photography.
Wet Plate Negatives
Developed by Frederick Scoff Archer, the wet plate negative allowed for the use of coated glass rather than paper in negatives. Coated glass gave a much more detailed negative.
Patented Hamilton Smith, the Tintype allowed the usage of iron, which was much cheaper than the traditional silver used with Daguerreotypes.
Dry Plate Negatives
This practice allowed the use of a dried gelatin emulsion coating which meant that photographers no longer needed to carry with them a portable darkroom (a flaw with the old wet plate negatives). This made expsoer nearly instantaneous, which meant that hand-held cameras were now possible.
Flexible Roll Film
Invented by George Eastman, the flexible roll film made negatives flexible and unbreakable. This also made the mass production of box cameras possible.
Develpoed by Oskar Barnack, the usage of 35mm film negatives allowed for the picture to be enlarged after taking it, thus shrinking camera size.
Ray Man developes the method of placing objects on photographic paper and exposing the shadow of far off lightbulbs.
Harold "Doc" Edgerton developes strobe photography, which allows for a kind of moving photograph.
Manufactured by Eastman kodak in 1935, Kodachrome was the first mass-produced color film. This not only allowed color pictures, but allowed mass-production by other companies as well.
Invented by Edwin Herbert Land, the Polaroid camera allowed pictures to be developed immediatley. This greatley reduced waiting times, and allowed photographers to sell their photographs more efficiently.
The Sutton camera allowed panoramic pictures to be taken.
Developed by Canon, the digital camera negative the need to have photographs developed before viewing. This also allowed photographers to delete unwanted photographs.
Introduced by fuji, the disposable or "single-use" camera gave people the abiblity to take photographs without worying about the camera. This also gave the public the ability to purchase cameras for a much lesser cost.
Kodak releases world first megapixel sensor, allowing for higher quality pictures.
Sharp introduces the first camera phone called the J-Phone. This would open up a whole new idea of photography.
120 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Canon develops the worls first 120 megapixel sensor. Although it wil not be officially released until 2030, it will allow for the highest quality pixels ever seen.
Sony Releases a 17.7 megapixel sensor for cellular devices. This allows for camera quality pictures in cell phones.