National Camera Day

National Camera day is observed each year on June 29th. Today day commemorates not only the camera but photographs as well. Before the invention of the camera, only paintings and drawings were used to depict visions.

One of the earliest partially successful photographs was by a man named Nicéphore Niépce. Although later successes did not follow until the 1850s. The use of photographic film was not pioneered until 1885 by George Eastman who manufactured paper film. His first camera was called the “Kodak” and was offered for sale in 1888.

A number of manufacturers started to use 35mm film for still photography between 1905 and 1913. 35mm cameras became popular and available to the public in 1913 and 1914. Kodak released its version in 1934, the Retina I. Yet another type of camera made a debut in the 1940s, the Polaroid. These instant-picture cameras were popular through the 1960s.
The first recorded attempt at a digital camera was in 1975 by Steven Sasson, an engineer at Eastman Kodak. The idea took hold and electronic, handheld cameras became available in the 1980s. As technology in areas such as cell phones advanced, so did the camera. By the 1990s, cameras were available on cell phones.

Since 2003, digital cameras have outsold film cameras. Most cell phones come standard with high-resolution camera capabilities. Everyone can now enjoy the ability to take high-resolution photographs and practice the art of photography on National Camera Day!

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