Cameras and pictures are everywhere these days. It’s hard to go through a single day without seeing at least 5 different cameras. Think about it. Most cell phones have a camera, most laptops and computers have cameras, and even the roads have cameras that monitor traffic. If you’re like Mark Zuckerberg, you cover your computer’s camera with tape because the FBI might be watching you right now.
Whether or not you think that government agencies are spying on you while you’re reading this blog post, the truth is that cameras are recording us all of the time, and by the end of the year, humanity will have taken over 1.2 trillion photos in 2017 alone. Have you ever wondered how we got here? So have we, so we put together a quick timeline so you can see how far cameras have come in a relatively short amount of time.
So, there you have it! While the process of creating photographs has taken over 1500 years, the real fun started around 200 years ago. Since then, we’ve gone from recording shadows on bottles to pressing buttons on a screen and saving our memories forever. Pretty dang cool.