Tag: history

  • Cause & effect in amateur photography

    Glass plates and room sized cameras In the early part of the 20th Century photographic chemistry was comparatively crude. Emulsions were not very light sensitive, meaning that large surface areas were required in order to expose enough of the material to light – more surface area captures more light. As a consequence photography was largely […]

  • Of emulsions and equipment – quality goes small

    The advent of 35mm and rangefinders Everything changed profoundly when Kodak introduced the 135 film canister in 1934 – we’d come to know it as 35mm film. This addressed ease of handling by holding the film stock in a light tight canister, and promised many more exposures per roll, with easier loading, than had ever […]

  • Of emulsions and equipment – the early years

    The camera came before film The Camera Obscure (translated as “dark chamber”) dates to around 1021 when it first appears in print in a work by a Muslim scientist Ibn al-Haytham, and it was little more than a sealed room with a pinhole in one wall which admitted light reflected from the scene. An artist […]