• 450 BCE

    the thought of Camera Obscura

     the thought of Camera Obscura
    Mozi (墨翟), a Chinese philosopher was the first to come up with the idea of a Camera Obscura that we know of. he noticed that an imaged taken from it would cause the picture to be upside down and left to right because of how light moves.
  • 900

    The thought of Camera Obscura

    The thought of Camera Obscura
    Philosophers are still pondering about this idea of recreating an image with light. In 900AD Al Kindi proved the behaviors of light with a pinhole that other philosophers such as Aristotle and Anthemius discovered.Everyone was on the right track but never thought to use a screen on one side of the hole to project it to a surface.
  • 1000

    Alhazen and his pinhole camera.

    Alhazen and his pinhole camera.
    Alhazen was the first to make a fully functioning pinhole camera, and came up with the name of Camera Obscura. He was the man who wrote The Book of Optics, and the treatise of optics.
    At about the same time of Alhazens inventions, Chinese scientists were making the same ideas come true, using this new tool to solve geographical problems from centuries ago.
  • 1506

    De Vinci

    De Vinci
    Leonardo used the Camera Obscura to represent how the human eye works, with many sets of drawings in codex atlanticus.
  • Photomechanical reproduction.

    Photomechanical reproduction.
    Niépce also created the first reproduction of a photo with many conducted experiments.
    He created the first successful heliograph from an engraving of Pope Pius VII.It was destroyed however, in attempt to reprint it later.
    Though in 1826 he recreated another photograph of Cardinal Georges d'Amboise using bitumen on pewter or zinc plates that could be used for printing.
  • Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (view from the window).

    Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (view from the window).
    Niépce took the oldest living photograph that we have.
    The photo is of an upper part of his estate.
    He used bitumen of Judea after experimenting for a while with many other chemicals.
  • Big jump in the world of photography

    By about this time, Niépce had been using daguerreotypes to their full potential. The long 7+ minute exposure time started declining to seconds.
    Louis Daguerre's process is now being used worldwide. (To the public)
  • Full colour

    Full colour
    Edmond Becquerel creates the first photographs that are in color, though they can only be produced in lab.
    the exposure can take hours upon days to fully reach colorful potential.
  • 3 Colour ribbon

    3 Colour ribbon
    the first durable tricolor photo was created by James Clerk Maxwell. he took it with Green, blue, and red color filters.
  • first movie.

    first movie.
    Eadweard Muybridge created a bunch of tripwires and cameras to take multiple photos of a moving horse. This film ca be viewed through a zoetrope.
  • Kodak

    Kodak creates the first compact camera "Kodak N°1"
    just take the pictures, and they'll be printed off at your local camera store.
  • More cameras!!

    More cameras!!
    Kodak introduces another camera. The folding pocket Kodak.
  • Autochrome

    Autochrome is the first commercially used/successful color photography product.
  • Leica

    Leica adds the 35mm film process to still photography.
  • More film options

    135 film in introduced making 35mm film easier to use.
  • SLR

    Introduction from IHAGEE. The exakta1. the very first 35mm SLR Camera.
  • Hasselblad and Polaroid

    The first Hasselblad camera was introduced, and the first Polaroid instant.
  • Nikon!

    Nikons first film camera is produced. (35mm)
  • digital age.

    Kodak creates the very first megapixel sensor.
  • More digital age.

    Kodak allows users to store photos on CD technology.
    These Cds could hold up to 100 high quality images.
  • Mobile photos

    Mobile photos
    J-SH04, made by J-Phone, the very first phone with a camera that can share images.
  • From 2000 on...

    From 2000 on...
    From 2000 on we see many, many thousands of cameras being created by multiple companies.
    The digital age has taken over photography.
    Megapixels, FPS, etc has been getting better and better every year.
    in 2000 Canon released a 3.2mp camera, and that was a huge advancement.
    In 2017 Canon can release a camera with less than 35mp and get shunned by photo practitioners.
    Photographers want more and more quality and often forget the simplicity and advancement that we've made throughout the years.