World Photography Day: History Of Why Is It Celebrated On August 19 Every Year

Photography is an art and very few people excel at it. Purchasing a DSLR camera and clicking pictures does not make you a photographer. A skilled photographer is the one who knows what lens to use, the perfect timing to click, location, lightning etc.

With increasing popularity as well as demand for skilled photographers, the cost of cameras also keeps increasing with constant innovation in the lenses and photographic effects. Skilled photographers get paid thousands of dollars per project depending on the qualities of photos. They are invited to best locations and best hotels for free in exchange of some photographs and publicity of their hotel on social media and the Internet. In short, they are living the lives most people dream about.

World Photography Day 2018August 19 is observed as World Photography Day, which aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share beautiful pictures shared from their camera.

World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837.

On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process. On August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.

The first durable color photograph was taken by Thomas Sutton in 1861. It was a set of three black-and-white photographs taken through red, green and blue filters. But it was imperfect and was not noticed by a majority of people.

The first digital photograph was taken in 1957; almost 20 years before Kodak’s engineer invented the first digital camera. The photo is a digital scan of a shot initially taken on film which depicts Russell Kirsch’s son and has a resolution of 176×176.

On August 19, 2010 World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery. Almost 270 photographers shared their pictures and people from over 100 countries visited the website. This marked the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.

If you think photography is your cup of tea, there are many professional photography courses available online.

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