The History Of Photography

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In 2013 Photography is usually taken for granted with all our gadgets and gizmos we have today we don’t give it much thought. In 1927 photography that we come to know today was created by one man’s sudden inspiration and only two unexposed plates. Ansel Adams was that man that changed photography forever. Let me explain how it all began. Ansel Adams was fourteen when he got his first box camera. Ansel had been reading a book about Yosemite Valley, which was 150 miles from his parents’ San Francisco home. They set off on June 1, 1916 for a month long trip enjoying the beautiful and mystifying view of Yosemite. His parents gave him a box camera soon after they arrived. This new look to how Ansel saw things through that box camera changed his look on the world on the world forever. The youth Adams became obsessed with photography. Now back in San Francisco, he worked quirky jobs at a photo lab. He learned how to develop and print photos. Ansel was still summoned to Yosemite, where he visited often to trek trails and take photos. One spring day in 1927, Ansel was hiking with his photographic equipment. He found himself on a high cliff with a breath taking view of a famous mountain, with only two unexposed plates with him. Back in those days, professional photographers used large, coated-glass plates instead of film to capture images. With one plate he took a simple shot of the mountain. Then he got an inspiring idea, why not focus on the emotional side of the picture and take a shot with my last unexposed plate using red filter. That shot created a breath taking image. On that high cliff with that shot taken with his lasted unexposed plate , he created a new style of photography called “straight photography” this style used sharp focuses, and the images were printed on glossy paper , creating a more vivid and visual photograph. Adams established the concept of visualization in his photography to capture emotions in his images. He preferred to take black- and -white images rather