One of the most embarrassing and cherished family items are baby photographs. Like any quality picture, good baby photographs take a lot of preparation time. Trying to get a newborn baby to sit still and focus on a camera in a strange environment can be a daunting task. Whether you are a professional baby photographer or an amateur who just wants fond and potentially embarrassing memories to last a lifetime, baby photographs would not exist without the invention of the camera. Just like the perfect baby photo, the camera took many years to develop and become the versatile memory and keepsake creator it is today.
The early years of the camera share a common history with a not so friendly piece of technology, guns. While cameras were first being manufactured, some of the dry plate varieties were modeled after Colt revolvers. At the same time, the design of cinema cameras came from the design of machine guns. Thanks in great part to George Eastman, the camera became a widespread and well known device. His company was called Kodak on the advice of his mother and because he was particularly fond of the letter K.
As cameras developed, they became more complex and more capable of taking the perfect baby photograph. The science behind the camera is very similar to that of the human eye. In order to take a picture, there is an opening called the aperture that allows rays of light to come in at varying angles, bringing the object into focus on the image plane. Unlike the camera lens, however, the focal length of the human eye is affected by the fluids that are present there. Glass and these fluids bend light so that it focuses where it can be read by our retinas, camera film, or a camera sensor.
Thanks to camera technology, baby photographs can be taken in many places as cameras are very mobile today. There is one place that photographs might not come out, however. In space, or rather on a space ship, there is a lot of interference from the surrounding machinery. Professional photographers and amateurs alike can agree and be thankful for the rich history that allows us to use this great technology.