Guest Post: The Evolution of Photography


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You think nothing of pointing and snapping a digital photo before touching it up, tagging it and uploading it to your favourite social network. You can get a photo quality print from your home printer using special paper, or have it plastered on mouse mats, mugs or T-Shirts in a few clicks for a few dollars. The next time you do, spare a thought for the generations before us for whom capturing a special moment wasn’t so simple.

Take as many photos as you want

Have you ever wondered why so few pictures of Victorians show happy, smiling faces? It’s because the process took so long, and the subject had to sit or stand still otherwise the image would be blurred. Even when the Kodak box camera made photography widely accessible and affordable in 1888, the limitation of film remained. It would be almost another century before cameras capable of saving images to CD were introduced, quickly followed by digital cameras and smartphones.

With these new technologies, you no longer have to worry about composition, or about getting everyone to smile at the same time. Because you’re only limited by the size of the camera’s digital memory, which can typically hold thousands of images, you can snap multiple shots in quick succession, delete the ones you don’t like, and keep the ones you do.

Edit and ‘correct’ photos

Unlike the Victorians, you don’t have to live with straight-faced miseries or bunny ears jokers. If none of the photos come out the way you want, you can keep bits of two or three. Photo manipulation with digital photographs is a simple process.

Photo touch-up software has gone beyond red-eye removal and exposure correction. As well as using Photoshop or other imaging software to switch facial expressions to create the perfect family portrait, you can also use mobile phone apps or desktop software to add masks, swap faces in photos, or insert people on alternative backgrounds.

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Share your photos everywhere

While our great-great-great-grandparents may have ordered sets of twelve pictures to post far and wide for inclusion in family albums, you can share your photos with Australian relatives instantly. Once you’ve created your masterpieces, you can upload them to social networks like Facebook and Pinterest either from your PC or direct from your phone. In most cases, it’s a simple matter of clicking an upload button, navigating to the picture you want to share and clicking send.

Printing digital photographs

What if you want a more permanent, tangible reminder, though? Just like your Victorian ancestors, you can have a print for the family album. Unlike them, though, you don’t have to pose for hours, wait days or weeks for the photographer to process and develop your photo, and pay through the nose for it.

Printing digital photographs has never been easier. Most inkjet printers will produce a high quality photo up to A4 size using paper with a special coating. Professional digital printers can offer next day printing on a range of services if you want larger sizes, or your photo on canvas, or even printed on acrylic to create stunning wall art.

Print-Print offer a wide range of professional litho and digital printing with free next day delivery, for more information visit their website;

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living and working in Argentina.  Contact him today when you need a photographer.  Connect with Nelson through LinkedIn.

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