A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIGHT & PHOTOGRAPHY

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIGHT & PHOTOGRAPHY
By  Robert Leggat

Light

Behind every photo there is a story, and like paint on a canvas, we use a combination of different elements for making the photo influence. One of these key ingredients is light. Whether it shows the mood, creates depth, or highlights a subject or an object , the light around you and how you respond to it can often make or break a photo.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIGHT & PHOTOGRAPHY
By  Robert Leggat

LIGHTING
In the early days of photography the only source of light was, of course, the sun, so most photography depended upon long days and good weather. It is said that Rejlander used a cat as a primitive exposure meter: placing the cat where the sitter should be, he judged by looking at its eyes whether it was worth taking any photographs or whether his sitter should go home and wait for better times! The nearer to the birth of photography, the greater the amount of lighting needed, as the first chemical emulsions were very insensitive.
The first artificial light photography dates back as far as 1839, when L. Ibbetson used oxy-hydrogen light (also known as limelight) when photographing microscopic objects; he made a daguerreotype in five minutes which, he claimed, would have taken twenty-five minutes in normal daylight.
Other possibilities were explored.

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