Photography has always been a part of human adventurous experiences. The early men upon looking into water bodies saw their reflections stare right back at them. This fascinated them greatly and brought about various practices of creation of durable images.
Many thanks to the field of optics. It helped humans understand various principles involved in the actions of light. Its reflection through mirrors and its refraction through lenses.
These attributes have helped in modelling optical devices either to enhance an image for viewing or to analyze and determine their characteristic properties. Common optical devices include periscopes, microscopes, telescopes, and cameras.
The process of Photography is possible through recording light by means of an image sensor or a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.
From the pinhole camera to digital cameras, attempts were made to improve the mechanism of photography. Some proved futile, while some turned out to be fruitful leading to some breathtaking innovations in modern photography.
The digital camera was born in 1975. This is when Kodak engineer Steven Sasson used a Fairchild 100×100 pixel CCD sensor. In 1981, Sony unveiled the Sony Mavica. It had interchangeable lenses, producing an analog video signal at a resolution of 0.5 K (570 x 490).
The world have witnessed the wave of monochrome and colour photographs. We can never be sure about the future of photography, but we can certainly make predictions. AI will take over a lot of photographic tasks for better, faster and more intuitive photography.
Also, the rise of smartphones will bring many advancements. Better sensors, higher resolutions, and intuitive concepts. Mobile phone cameras are instrumental gadgets capable of aiding modern photography, whether amateur or commercial.
On a final note, some system of photography utilises computer-generated imagery (CGI) where the shooting process is modeled on real photography.
Synthesis photography, for instance, has the features of real photography but is not constrained by the physical limits of real world. It therefore allows artists to move into areas beyond the grasp of real photography. This is definitely a step in the right direction in taking photography to the next level.
Abdulafeez Olaitan is the Campus Ambassador for Unilag. He is a writer who served as a delegate of Austria in ECOSOC committee at the 2020 IBMUN conference. Olaitan enjoys collecting quotations and astrophotos.