The Camera
Tyler Gordon, Division 1, 6th grade #ws17e-s2d1

What do you think when you hear the word camera? Do you think of the item used to capture memories on a casual occasion? You probably think of the application on your phone that is often used every day, or the device that was used to capture a photo when you were playing with your first friend? Most likely, the camera is what you use to take pictures and create lasting memories.

We can use the camera to look into our resources and basic everyday items. We will see how it is commonly used to take pictures, and then to view or post them. Without cameras, we can’t take pictures, and without pictures we wouldn’t have lots of things. There would not be mass production of media, social media, mass production of picture filled children’s books, covers on the latest magazines nor images at the bottom of the daily newspaper. You wouldn’t know how food looked when you go to a restaurant’s website, and we wouldn’t have copies of your children’s picture day photos. Without cameras, we would not have picture day, photo shoots, family pictures, and we wouldn’t be able to capture memories. If it were not for pictures, the internet would be imageless. There would not even be television. Without the television how can we see what’s going on in the world? Without old photos, how will we be reminded about what happened when we were younger? Without advertisement, how would we know about new stuff and what it looked like without leaving the comfort of our home? How would wanted signs and missing people signs show how that person looked? And how would we have a basic photo that would record what happened in a crime scene? So, that is the importance of a camera.

Now that I have explained why the camera is so important, I can tell you about its history. The first camera was designed by Johann Zahn in 1685. Almost one thousand years ago, in 1021, an Iraqi scientist named Lbn- Al- Haytham made a mention of this in the Book of Optics. The first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1814. The very old cameras were huge and not capable of saving images. The first practical photography was invented by Louis Daguerre in 1829 but he took almost 10 years to produce an effective method and it was named after him, as Daguerreotype. Daguerreotype was the first successful photograph process. Each one of the Daguerreotype’s is a unique image that is saved on a copper plate.

The camera is basically a time machine that lets us preserve memories. It’s what helps us to remember and look back. The camera is our source of reminiscence. It literally transports us into the past. Therefore, the camera is my most important piece of technology. Without the camera, the past visually would not last.
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