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Photo Books, Prints And The History Of Photography

Aug 27, 2008
Photography is centuries old. When photography first became popular around about the turn of the century it was presided over by experienced experts. It is no longer necessary for people to be experts in photography to take good photos. Indeed the advent of digital cameras has seen it become easier to take photos and with photo technology now available on mobile phones the number of people taking photos has increased. The quality of printing has improved alongside the standard of cameras.

This means that many people now have access to technologies in their own home. This means that amateur photography can provide professional results. Especially when the photos that have been taken digitally are printed by a professional printing service.

There are a number of different ways in which these photos can be presented. Modern printing firms can provide an impressive range of different formats in which your home photos can be seen. The most popular of these remains the high quality prints that can be placed into a photo album. But many companies have taken this concept further by printing photos directly into a photo book. These photo books are bound like normal hardback books and the photos are printed onto the pages that are included in the book. It can provide a really special format in which to present photos from family occasions or holidays.

The word photography has developed from a French word which sounded similar. This French word in turn came from a Greek word that referred to elements such as light, stylus and paintbrush. The generally accepted definition was that photography is a representation by means of lines or drawing. And most directly the word photography means drawing with light. This rather poetic definition has been adopted over the years and now refers to the modern use of technology for taking pictures.

Indeed photography can generally be separated into two distinct varieties; photography for the purpose of artistic endeavour or photography for the purpose of commercial gain. The range of low cost photography options have made the use of photography as artistic endeavour much more popular as more people can afford to take up photography as a hobby. Again the range of professional options by which photographs can be reproduced make it even easier and cheaper for people to achieve professional results for their personal photographs.

Photography production has not always been as straightforward and accessible as it is today. The process of developing photographs is relatively recent with the first real production of photographs taking place in the 1820s. At these times the chemical processes involved were relatively new to scientists and finding methods of permanently reproducing images was tough. The first permanent image was produced in 1826 but the process to achieve this result took eight hours.

They were a long way from the 30 minute express service that we have these days! It was not until 1837 when the daguerreotype was developed that photos could really be stored for a time. This early version of the photograph paved the way for what was to follow and can be seen as the grandfather of the modern photograph. Without these efforts we would not have express photo printing, photos books or digital cameras!
About the Author
Shaun Parker is an expert on photography and provides many printing services so that people can have their photos in photo books, photo frames or large prints.
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