Camera Equipment

Written by James Lyons
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Good camera equipment can be hard to locate. Specialty stores are popping up all over the place, but these stores often cater to the ultra-high-end users and leave out the remaining photography enthusiasts. The Internet is booming with venues for photographers and filmmakers to peruse. It's also a haven for those developing an interest in photography, those looking for a good deal on cameras and film, and those looking for the latest and greatest advancements in camera equipment.

Camera equipment is a broad group within the consumer electronics arena. With the advent of digital cameras and digital camcorders, the whole camera equipment arena became a whole lot bigger. Digital technology has opened up a whole new realm for normal consumers, enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals. No matter how involved you are with photography and filmmaking, you have a million different options.

Camera Equipment and Camera History

Renowned painters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Pablo Picasso have done their share to document their eras. While the camera was not invented until the 19th century, the two fundamental elements of a camera were common knowledge well before the invention of the camera. You might be surprised how far back in time theses so-called elements stretch.

The first element of a functioning camera that was commonly known even by the ancients is the effect of a lighted area sequestered from a dark area with only an opening the size of a pin hole between them. The result is an inverted image of the lighted area appearing on a flat surface in the dark area. In fact, in the 15th century it was documented that one could produce a clearer, more precise image by placing a lens in the tiny pin hole.

Of course, there is a name for this occurrence--"camera obscura." Artists often employed the use of "camera obscura" to help them create more accurate sketches in a shorter amount of time. The image was projected on a piece of paper inside a dark box and the artist would trace the projected image.

Cameras Are Still Recording History

As far back as the 1400s and possibly much earlier, human beings figured out how to project an image. The second commonly recognized element of a working camera was the existence of materials that permanently changed when exposed to light. Many of these light sensitive chemicals were toiled with for hundreds of years. None of these chemicals, however, were used to cover a flat surface until the 1800s.

Eventually, these two pieces of common knowledge were put together and the camera was born. The world's fascination with photography and film has created some of the biggest corporations in the world. Think of all the companies that can trace their conception back to the invention of the camera and film. All the entertainment companies, advertising agencies and camera equipment manufacturers exist because of man's discovery of "camera obscura" and chemicals that permanently change when exposed to light.

Today, camera equipment is better than ever. Technology keeps moving forward and the best companies continue to pump out improved products that are smaller, easier to use, have more features and produce a better picture. The camera is a rich part of our world history and an even richer part of our current world. Its existence helps to provide the world with millions of jobs and millions of entertainment options.


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