196 Years Since the World's First Photograph

21 October 2022 by
Daisy Wong

How often do you take photos?

We don’t give a second thought to taking a photo today - it’s so easy and convenient especially with any smartphone. According to Photutorial data, 1.72 trillion of photos will be shot in 2022. More than 2 trillion photos will be shot annually by 2025. By region, Asians take 15 photos on their smartphone every day on average. Whatever moment you want to capture, the technology is right at your fingertips, and as they say the best camera is the one you have with you at the time. Taking pictures on almost any digital device and sending them across the world to family and friends in a matter of seconds is a breeze, but did you know, at one time over fifteen minutes was needed to produce a single photo! 

History of Photograph

Over the past two hundred years, photography has changed significantly, becoming more and more advanced but also skilfully mastered by many. It is also amazing to see the speed with which the camera itself has developed in a relatively short space of time - going from a simple box to highly intricate tiny computers that can store hundreds of gigabytes of memories. 

During the 1800s, the first documented experiments to capture images began happening. In France, a man named Nicéphore Niépce managed to ‘fix’ (make an image permanent) an image in 1826 - creating the first photograph. One of his colleagues, Louis Daguerre, worked with him to develop a process known as the daguerreotype.

This process was introduced to the world in 1839 and as this was the first commercially available photographic process, many people call 1839 the ‘birth’ of photography. In the 1880s, photography became widely available to the public when a man named George Eastman founded Kodak. He developed roll film, and portable cameras which made photography so much easier as it required much simpler equipment now. As more and more people began to pick up this hobby, much of daily life could be captured by everyone who had access to the cameras and film. With the rapid development of technology, people were eventually able to very quickly get their film developed and turned into physical photographs that they could display at home. 

Customer Story

One of our customers lived in Hong Kong for more than four decades, capturing different shots of life. With permission, here are some of his best nostalgic photos which really give us a window into what Hong Kong was like back then: 

Nowadays, you have so many options to choose from when it comes to photography. Crave nostalgia? You can very easily pick up a film camera and start snapping away. Want to up your photography game? A huge range of SLR cameras are available to pick from. The sky’s the limit! 

But no matter what medium you select to test your new skills, when it comes to your original photos and photo albums, Capture.HK is here to help you preserve and digitise your memories forever. Our service magically extracts photos whether loose or from your album, without the need to physically remove the vintage photos, ensuring that we’ll never damage your valuable memories. With machine learning and some artificial intelligence automation, we gently enhance and bring to life the treasured scenes to complete your life’s memories and ensure that they are available to you at any time.

*This article is brought to you by Capture HK.

Capture HK is the premier analogue media digitisation company in Hong Kong.

Capture HK's business covers photographs, photo album digitisation, videotapes digitisation, including VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS-C Hi-8, Video8, Digital8, DV, DVCAM, MiniDV, DVC and digital media digitisation, including Secure Digital (SD), Smart Media (SM), MultiMediaCard (MMC) Compact Flash (CF), xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, USB Drive, CDROM, DVD.

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