Thursday, 21 July 2011

Activity: Taking Photographs.

I'm sure I'm not the only teenage girl (It seems to be a phase...?) to say...I LOVE TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS. To me, there is something so previous about capturing a special candid moment, or encapsulating someone's true beauty in the click of a button.
From the age of around thirteen, I have found myself completely fascinated with both photography, and cameras in general. I love the freedom and creativity, the editing process- I find it all completely inspiring. But what I love most is the thought of being able to look back and remember all of these happy memories long into my old age. 
Personally, I think that's the reason why taking photographs, in part, is so fantastic.
So, here is the complication of my reasons and opinions as to why I think TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS is good.


1. There's such freedom in photography- you can be as elaborate and creative as you like.

2. It's a great bonding experience with friends and family to laugh at all of your cringey and embarassing photographs together (particularly drunk ones, I that is, not friends/family...)

3. Once you have bought your camera, photography is a pretty inexpensive hobby- heck, you can pick up disposable cameras for just a few pounds!

4. ANYONE can take photos- young or old. It's ridiculously easy to take a snap.

5. Many digital cameras now come in handy pocket-sizes, so you can take them with you wherever you excuses.

6. Cameras are now readily available in a wider variety of prices in many high street shops- again, no excuses.

7. Cameras come in all different manner of shapes, sizes, brands and costs, there really IS something for everyone.

8. Photographs are a great way to share a holiday or travelling experience with people back at home- without the cost of an extra aeroplane ticket.

9. Thanks to sites such as Flickr and Devianart, it is now easier to share your photographs than ever.

10. For me, there's little more exciting than that nervous moment when you look at your 35mm negatives being developed, and experiencing all the snapshot moments come flooding back. Those moments are the best.

11. Photographs are a great piece of history- without them, I wouldn't know what half of my relatives looked like. God bless you photographs for being able to avoid awkward family occasion situations.

12. Whilst taking photographs is really good fun, it can also prove massively beneficial towards a future career, with photography playing a huge part in many industries- the creative art and design professions, as well as jobs in the Armed Forces, Meteorology, Soliciting, etc.

13. Collecting cameras is massively fun...and expensive. Heed my warning.

14. Even the heavier DSLR cameras are now very easy to travel with, often being accompanied by hard or soft cases and carriers to store them in to prevent any damage.

15. If you don't think cameras are some sort of beautiful creation, frankly, I'm afraid, you have no soul. Maybe.

16. If cameras and taking photographs didn't exsist, there would be a lot of arguements about who came first in races. Probably. They don't call it "a photo finish" for nothing...

17. Kodak got it right: With photographs you do infact "share moments, share life". However vomit-inducingly-corny that may sound...

18. Goofing out in front of a camera can be pretty good long as no-one has to see the evidence, of course...

19. Digital cameras are pretty phenomenal- today, I took 150 images in ten minutes. Not too shabby.

20. I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times- MEMORIES. Surely the best reason of all.


1. A photograph (often shortened to photo) is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic imager such as a CCD or a CMOS chip.

2. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene's visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see.

3. The process and practice of creating photographs is called photography.

4. The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light".

5. The first permanent photograph was made in 1822 by a French inventor, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, building on a discovery by Johann Heinrich Schultz (1724): that a silver and chalk mixture darkens under exposure to light.

6. Niépce and Louis Daguerre refined this process. Daguerre discovered that exposing the silver first to iodine vapor, before exposure to light, and then to mercury fumes after the photograph was taken, could form a latent image; bathing the plate in a salt bath then fixes the image. These ideas led to the famous daguerreotype.

7. Color photography is almost as old as black-and-white, with early experiments dating to John Herschel's experiments with Anthotype from 1842, and Lippmann plate from 1891.

8. Color photography became much more popular with the introduction of Autochrome Lumière in 1903, which was replaced by Kodachrome, Ilfochrome and similar processes.

9. The needs of the movie industry have also introduced a host of special-purpose systems, perhaps the best-known being the now rare Technicolor.

10. Non-digital photographs are produced with a two-step chemical process. In the two-step process the light-sensitive film captures a negative image (colors and lights/darks are inverted). To produce a positive image, the negative is most commonly transferred ('printed') onto photographic paper.

11. Printing the negative onto transparent film stock is used to manufacture motion picture films.

12. Alternatively, the film is processed to invert the negative image, yielding positive transparencies. Such positive images are usually mounted in frames, called slides.

13. Before recent advances in digital photography, transparencies were widely used by professionals because of their sharpness and accuracy of color rendition. Most photographs published in magazines were taken on color transparency film.

14. Originally all photographs were monochromatic, or hand-painted in color. Although methods for developing color photos were available as early as 1861, they did not become widely available until the 1940s or 50s, and even so, until the 1960s most photographs were taken in black and white. Since then, Color photography has dominated popular photography, although black and white is still used, being easier to develop than color.

15. Panoramic format images can be taken with cameras like the Hasselblad Xpan on standard film.

16. Since the 1990s, panoramic photos have been available on the Advanced Photo System film. APS was developed by several of the major film manufacturers to provide a film with different formats and computerized options available, though APS panoramas were created using a mask in panorama-capable cameras, far less desirable than a true panoramic camera, which achieves its effect through a wider film format. APS has become less popular and is being discontinued.

17. The advent of the microcomputer and digital photography has led to the rise of digital prints. These prints are created from stored graphic formats such as JPEG, TIFF, and RAW. The types of printers used include inkjet printers, dye-sublimation printer, laser printers, and thermal printers. Inkjet prints are sometimes given the coined name "Giclée".

18. The web has been a popular medium for storing and sharing photos ever since the first photograph was published on the web by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992 (an image of the CERN house band Les Horribles Cernettes). Today popular sites such as Flickr, Picasa and PhotoBucket are used by millions of people to share their pictures.

19. Ideal photograph storage involves placing each photo in an individual folder constructed from buffered, or acid-free paper.

20. It is best to leave photographs lying flat on the table when viewing them. Do not pick it up from a corner, or even from two sides and hold it at eye level. Every time the photograph bends, even a little, this can break down the emulsion.


1. Cameras
2. Photography
3. Portraiture
4. Landscape
5. Scenic
6. Memories
7. Holiday
8. Travels
9. Friends
10. 35mm
11. DSLR
12. Candid
13. Snap
14. Wedding
15. Ceremony
16. Artistic
17. Family
18. Cherish
19. Fun
20. Exciting

(In response to the previously posted question 'Do you enjoy taking photographs? What things do you like to photograph?' by skycat, via Yahoo Answers)

1. Yes, mostly landscapes and buildings.. Im going to the car expo in Brussels next week, hope I can make some money there freelancing- The Will 2 Defy, via Yahoo Answers.

2. My Children, animals and scenery- Hi T, via Yahoo Answers.

3. Yes. I've just gone back to film after a few years experimenting with digital. Film is more demanding but more rewarding.
It has taken me years to accept that I cannot take a photograph that does justice to too complicated an idea . Now I am working on capturing the idea in as simple a way as I can - no clutter - especially boats and water. It seems to be working better- xs. essex, via Yahoo Answers.

4. Flowers and nature- Sword Lily, via Yahoo Answers.

5. I enjoy photographing all kinds of things, but it's mainly models (I get paid to photograph them) but one of my favourite subjects are moths- Claw, via Yahoo Answers.

6. Since starting art college, I've been shooting general conceptual fine art photography, usually involving self--portraits or imagery of everyday mundane life, as well as some political messages- ?, via Yahoo Answers.

7. Of course! I enjoy photographing people, and random objects found on the streets... When the weather is good for it! :P- Chrizzy, via Yahoo Answers.

8. Now that you mention it I see that I haven't taken photos in ages. When the kids were small I'd take them all the time. I really must start again. I like to take photos of family members and pets, which are also family members- Artemis, via Yahoo Answers.

9. Yes I do. Anything I think is beautiful- Soup Dragon, via Yahoo Answers.

10. Yes, but just photos of my friends and family- Louise, via Yahoo Answers.

11. Friends and family, animals and anything unusually interesting- Quizard, via Yahoo Answers.

12. I love taking pictures of animals- 007, via Yahoo Answers.

13. People and places.

Buildings are a special interest for me- Angel, via Yahoo Answers.

14. Two big favourites at the moment.

Freezing exciting high speed action. Birds of prey grabbing their victim, empty cartridges flying out of firearms, rally cars and motor bikes leaping over crests.

Also painting with light. Long exposures in dark places, and walking around lighting the scene with a torch, portable flash, glowsticks, sparklers etc. Can have some real fun with it, and make quite artistic photos- Zirenton, via Yahoo Answers.

15. Yes, I enjoy taking pictures of people. I like scenes where the subject doesn't look posed. Like where the people are doing something, instead of just standing, sitting, and smiling. That makes the pictures much more meaningful and enjoyable to look at- karpond, via Yahoo Answers.

(In respond to the previously posted question 'Do you enjoy taking photographs?' by skycat, via Yahoo Answers)

16. I will photograph anything that means some-thing to me. I like to catch my memories, and in what better way that to photograph? I photograph my holidays, My days out, My Life- Dani' Beer, via Yahoo Answers.

17. I do enjoy taking photographs. I photograph mostly nature and people- Winston Chau, via Yahoo Answers.
18. Yes its fun ,i like to remember those amazing times when i have with friends,family so i just photo it :D- Colgo, via Yahoo Answers

19. Yes. Everything!- Part Time Ninja, via Yahoo Answers.

20. I photograph people who look at me funny- Ted Salamander, via Yahoo Answers.


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