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Camera by Todd Gustavson; Derek Doeffinger; George Eastman House Staff
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
Cameras, and what they capture, forever changed our perception of the world, and of ourselves. Few inventions have had the impact of this ingenious, elegant, and deceptively simple device. This gorgeous cornerstone volume, created in collaboration with the world-famous George Eastman House, celebrates the camera and the art of the photograph. It spans almost two hundred years of progress, from the first faint image ever caught to the instantaneous pictures snapped by today’s state-of-the-art digital equipment. The informative narrative by Todd Gustavson traces the camera’s development, the lives of its brilliant but often eccentric inventors, and the artists behind the lens. Images and highly descriptive captions for more than 350 cameras from the George Eastman House Collection, plus more than 100 historic photos, ads, and drawings, complement the text. A foreword by the George Eastman House Director Anthony Bannon, and insightful essays by Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera, and Alexis Gerard, visionary founder and president of Future Image Inc., completes this illuminating study of one of the greatest modern technological achievements.
Understanding Your Digital Camera by Tim Savage
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
This book has been written for photographers who want to switch their camera off automatic mode and take control of its image-making potential. With visual examples throughout, it explains how to use the camera's settings and functions to take better and more creative photographs. By introducing new techniques based on concepts already taught, it explains the key principles of camera craft and thereby helps the photographer determine the outcome of the image they take. Many topics are covered including: a guide to photographic equipment; exposure and how to control the shutter, aperture and ISO settings; flash control, metering patterns, focus modes and drive options; colour settings, including white balance, pictures styles and colour spaces and digital photographs are explained in terms of histogram, resolution, image size and quality settings. AUTHOR: Tim Savage is a photographer, artist, teacher and writer. He regularly writes and illustrates features for many of the UK photographic magazines. He is known for his creative technical interpretations. 378 colour photographs
Videos (Made with Cameras) Explaining How Cameras Work
Although many early photographic methods produced black-and-white images, most of our own experiences with photography involve color. The video below, from the George Eastman Museum, explains how color photography works.
Analog (non-digital) photography today still relies on one thing: silver. The video below explains how silver atoms in film react with sunlight to produce an image.
Digital cameras don't use film, but the principles of photography remain the same. Light strikes a light-sensitive surface and produces a reaction. In the digital camera, computer circuits detect the reaction and interpret it. Watch the video below, from the British Broadcasting Corporation, for a more detailed discussion.
What does a lens do? Why do we use them in cameras? The science of the lens is explored in the video below, produced by camera manufacturer Canon.
The word "camera" actually predates photography. The camera obscura - a piece of technology which has been around since at least the 1500s - was a box or room with a hole (or aperature) in the wall. This aperature produced a single, inverted image of whatever was outside of the box or room. Click here to learn more about the camera obscura.
Abelardo Morell is a contemporary artist who uses a camera obscura as part of his photography. You can find one of his images on the Home page of this LibGuide and explore his work on his website.