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To have your photo taken with the first ever camera, you would have to sit still for 8 hours

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20/10/2016

Whenever someone asks us “let’s take a picture,” we start posing for the perfect capture. Today the technology is far more progressive than we could have thought of a few decades ago. With ultimate features, apps, and digitization, photography has grown far better than we ever expected. It was around 1800’s when the invention of photography took place. But at that time capturing a perfect photograph by a first camera was not as easy as today. It took hours of posing for the perfect shot.

The first picture taken in 1826 was of the view from the window at Le Gras, France. This picture took 8 hours of exposure to the camera. After that in 1839, Louis Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype. This advancement put down the time to 15 minutes for posing for the shot. From then, the expertise in this field has drop the time to just a second or two to have a perfect pic of ours. Today you can get picture-perfect with innovative development in the field of taking photographs.

Before this innovation took place, there were many reasons why people were not interested in getting photos clicked. Moreover, the pictures taken had stern faces due to the prolonged exposure to the camera just for a single shot. The second reason was that people were ignorant or deliberately took no care of oral hygiene. The sheer ignorance made them pose unsmilingly for the shot. Also, capturing photographs was not a casual course of action and was a part of luxury. Not everyone was interested in getting clicked as it was furthermore expensive.

In the 20th century, taking photos became easy, quick and spontaneous as it became affordable for all. Nowadays every moment was cherished and captured to preserve the memories. And why not! When we look at these pics after years, it always brings a smile on our faces.

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