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A Short History Of The Camera - The Brilliant Dawn Of The Color Camera
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Early on, humans were able to replicate a live visual experience into graphical form, however primitive that might have been. It was, not so much for the technicalities of color, but that the right mediums could mimic the visual experience of color when applied to a flat surface.

We will be talking about the developments that make our color cameras possible and why color photography takes on such a challenging path through the history of the camera

Earliest attempts at colorization

From here the world of graphical artistry was born, and mankind could now truly express himself with pictures. Throughout the ages, men have learned about light and its properties. He has devised timely graphical systems from which entire languages and cultures have emerged.

When it comes to color technicalities, graphical arts have long ago found the right formulas for the right combinations and spatial correctness. Our color spectrum has not been spared the manipulation of the artist’s hand as we have very functional color tools to work with today.

At the advent of photography, experimentation with color went hand-in-hand with the earliest attempts at photographic processes. The earliest of these began in the 1840s but none of the processes used amounted to anything practical. At the turn of the 20th century, color photography had vastly improved, though would still not become practical until near the end of the 1920s.

Some Advancements in Color Photographic Prints and Roll Film

Throughout a span of over 100 years, a very large number of attempts at color photography came down, and though they were arduous and impractical, each contributed a little to the knowledge base.

Even after many of the most challenging issues reserved only for the stoutest of chemists were resolved, there were still many more ahead and throughout the 100-year period, color photography would continue to be an utmost challenge, messy, dangerous and rarely produced results that would last and was aesthetically-pleasing to view.

During the time, in fact, 1855, it was discovered that three separate instances of an image could be shown, each one behind its own filter. The three colors were red, green and blue...the same three from which every color process derived, with all our modern processes as well. It was soon found that the cones in the eyes use these three colors to interpret all the rest.

Chemical and graphical experiments at producing color on the plates were many, some of which failed miserably and others coming a step closer to perfection.

Technicolor Comes of Age

Scientists began experimenting with film packs wherein layers of two or three emulsifiers (depending on the two-color or three-color processes being used,) each being sandwiched between other materials and chemicals used to activate the developing process.

For a short while, roll film was produced with the same three-color emulsifier array as the plates. Finally, in 1917, the first color motion picture film was produced at incredible expense. In actuality, this film used the two-color process, but as expensive as it was, it would not be viable until 1935, when Kodak produced much cheaper film packs and Technicolor was born.

From this point on, color photography was here to stay and even today’s high-speed, hd sports cameras could not exist with any other color combination than those discovered in the 1850s.

To Recap the Above:

  • The desire to express color in human experience began with the usage of implements.
  • Photographic pottery painting entailed the earliest deliberate use of light-sensitive materials for decoration.
  • Color was used in photography in the 19th century but it was not yet technically practical.
  • Tinting became the earliest colorization methods used extensively on developed photographic plates. However, this, and other similar methods of coloration were inferior.
  • The breathtaking Technicolor process emerges in 1935.

One might think there isn't much more that can be done in the designs of high-tech sports action cameras to improve color any further, but only those who are not entrepreneurs are such thoughts entertained, else the world would stop moving.


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