Where it all began

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As we’re sure you can imagine, we love photography. It’s not hard to see why, and we’re always trying to help everyone take better photos. We’ve covered everything from portrait tips and landscape photography guides all the way to bokeh. What we’ve never done before, is look at how we ended up where we are today. How did it all begin? What makes us so obsessed? We thought it was time to right that wrong.

In the beginning

Capturing the moment is something that we’ve been fascinated with since the beginning of our existence. It all began with cave paintings, the oldest of which has been estimated to be 35,000 years old and was found in Indonesia.

Altamira Bison

Instead of stories, the focus turned towards vanity, the elite of the civilised world were obsessed with sitting for grand and expensive portraits. But let’s be honest, who wants to sit for hours on end in a wig?

Antonio David portrait of James Francis Edward Stuart The Old Pretender c.1720

It just wasn’t cutting it, and so began the era of the photograph…

The first known photograph was taken in either 1826 or 1827 and is called “The view from the window”
The view from the window

That was it, the world was hooked and photography was born. The first commercially available camera became a reality not long after in 1839 and was a magnificent piece of kit called the Daguerre-Giroux (catchy, we know!).


Photography wasn’t widely practiced, as even commercially available cameras were still extremely expensive, that was until the wonderful Kodak Brownie costing $1, it made photography available to the masses.

It’s safe to say that from this point forward, photography has captivated the world. We are obsessed, and let’s be honest, we’re not exactly shy about admitting it.

Since the advent of the digital camera, we have gone snap mad. In 2014 alone it is estimated that we’re going to take a whopping 880 billion photos…roughly worked out, that is a mighty 125 photos for every living person this year alone. That’s 10 times more than the number of photos taken in the year 2000!

Photography has taken drastic twists and turns along the way and has gone so much further than the pioneers could have ever imagined. It’s not something that we can cover in a single blog post, but what we have done is put together the definitive guide to the evolution of photography. It will take you on an immersive journey all the way from “The view from the window” to the Google Glass. It’s been a crazy journey, but we’re sure it’s only just getting started…

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