On August 19, World Photography Day is observed across the world.
World Photography Day is all about celebrating photography, whether you are an amateur, professional. However, it is important to understand the origin and the significance of this day! It originated after the invention of the Daguerreotype photographic processes, developed by Joseph NicephoreNiepce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. But on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as the first practical gift to the world. In a way this was the true first part of the World Photography Day.
Imagine a world without cameras. Today, we can share memories across the globe in seconds. Photography is an invention that has fundamentally the way we see the world. We can visit places without leaving our home. We can share adventures with friends in another city and we can watch grand children grow up thousands of kilometers away.
It is just not about the equipment and that mindsets needs to be changed. A lot of us think that to be an expert photographer, you need high end equipments, and expensive lenses, but it’s not true. Photography is all about study of light, composition and a good understanding of your own equipment. Photograph freezes a moment of life and it hold the capability of making you experience that moment again. It can take you as deep as you want. It’s like somebody who came back from an adventure and wants to tell stories. Reminiscing about his first stint with digital technology, Padmashree Raghu Rai, shares, “I was doing a big story for a magazine in Bombay and I carried two film cameras and whole a lot of films and a new digital cameras which was only six megapixels. So first day I thought that today is the first day of my story, I will begin with digital but little I knew that this is day when I am ushering into the world of digital thrill. When a painter is doing a painting, he knows where his strokes are going, what his colors are expressing in the different strokes and feelings. But in our case, we go on clicking the whole day and you are shooting for ten days, you have no clue exactly what you will receive. But now in digital technology, you click it, and you can see the captured right there. You have a colour corrected image and you can also watch your steps, this was so fascinating for me. I can say I am reborn with digital technology as a photographer.”
The wow moment:
In today’s world when each and every one claims to be a photographer, Rai has a simple advice, “Don’t take all those good pictures which are stored in your head. Those you have seen before. Because if you do not reject all that which is all the lying in your head then you will end up with average shots. And if you keep chasing and reproducing the old stuff means you are not an explorer. You know creative people have to be explorers so that new fresh ideas and visions come into it. Unfortunately in this photography you end up reproducing what you have seen and known before you. And very little is refreshing and powerful you know. It’s that you are copying your old masters or mainly our young photographers are fascinated by the western photographers. And they try to inflict that kind of style on Indian situations which again is a norm but you see God has treasures available to experienced and looted you know. But only those shall get it who strives for it and those who refuse to become reproduction people here, those who are explorers, and those who want to capture new en ergies, new meanings, and new relationships. Nature has plenty of stuff to offer them.
The history of the camera can be traced much further back than the introduction of photography. Cameras evolved from the camera obscura, and continued to change through many generations of photographic technology, including daguerreotypes, calotypes, dry plates, film, and digital cameras. Photographic cameras were a development of the camera obscura, a device possibly dating back to the ancient Chinese and ancient Greeks which uses a pinhole or lens to project an image of the scene outside upside-down onto a viewing surf. The first partially successful photograph of a camera image was made in approximately 1816 by Nicephore Niepce, using a very small camera of his own making.