A camera is much more than just a technological device

In a digital age with thousands of technological innovations, some of which are mind-blowing by the way, picking a favorite should be a tough call. Right? From innovations such as smartphones, computers, TVs, e.t.c. Having an ideal choice can be quite hard. I mean, smartphones are great, a small portable gadget that allows you to do so much, and don’t let me get started on computers. But for me, picking a favorite has always been easy. I probably would survive living without all the other gadgets except this one.

It is one of the greatest inventions of humanity. It has been around for ages, probably still going to be around for more, can freeze time, record, and store moments. It is said to have similar functions to that of the human eye. How cool is that?

cameraThis astounding technology is an optical instrument that allows light through a small hole to capture an image on a light-sensitive surface. It is called a camera. A camera is much more than just a technological device. It is more than the object itself. By what it creates, it has become a form of art, a lifestyle, a profession, a means by which people connect, store memories, share experiences with so much more. It has not only revolutionized the world, but it has also changed the way we see, perceive, and document the world around us.

My dream as a little girl was to become a photographer. I fell in love with the camera when I was about 12 years old. I would always go around holding the gadgets taking photos of every and anything. It was a new way of seeing things around me, a way of keeping memories of my loved ones. Holding the gadget is always a feeling of euphoria for me.

This technology has always been a part of my life since then. I go virtually anywhere with it to take photos of anything I could see. I capture and record things around me, the people I love, my community, animals, and landscapes. With the advancement and invention of social media, I can share it with the world also.

Before going any further, it is only proper that I commend and write about those who brought about this invention to life. Cameras are one of the oldest technologies invented. They’ve been around for centuries, way before smartphones, laptops, and the likes. So let us look at a brief history of how cameras came to be. The first camera invented was the camera obscura created in the 11th to 17th century.

An Arab mathematician, astronomer and physicist named Ibn al-Haytham designed it. Its use was for drawing aids in tents and boxes back then. The first invention of the first photographic camera was in the 18th to 19th century by a series of scientists. The first permanent photographic camera was by Joseph Nicephore Nieppce in 1825. The first image the camera captured is about 200 years old and took about 8 hours in capturing.

In past years, cameras were only for some specific functions, unlike today. Then, the most popular photography subjects were dead bodies. People only got their pictures taken when they died. It was a way of recording the memory and physical appearance of a deceased family member.

The first picture taken of a live person was taken by accident by the French photographer Louis Daguerre in 1828. He intended to take a photo of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris but accidentally took a picture of a man getting his shoe polished. Now there are so many genres of photography with the evolution of cameras continuing as technology advances.

The most significant evolution of the camera to me has to be the smartphone camera. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) made notable advances in camera technology by introducing features like sensors, optical zoom, aperture, flash etc. into a smartphone. People can now easily capture images or record videos with ease anytime the moment presents itself. It is readily available, portable, cheaper, and requires no expertise to use.

There is no doubt that the invention of social media has encouraged and increased the use of cameras these days. Platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and the likes allow people to upload pictures, keep pictures and, a means by which people can connect and communicate.

According to Photoworld’s estimates, Snapchat users share 8,796 photos daily. More than 50 billion photos have been uploaded to Instagram so far. An average of 995 pictures is uploaded every second as reported by OmnicoreAgency.com. According to Internet.org’s whitepaper, about 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day.

Cameras have become an essential aspect of our lives. It has become a way of expression, art, journalism, connectivity, content creation and so much more. There is no end to the usefulness of this piece of technology. So if you’re out there and you don’t own a camera, get yourself one today! You’ll thank me later.

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