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Engage with the hobby of photography, which has been one of America’s most popular leisure activities since the development of the Kodak camera and roll film in 1888 ushered in a new mass market for amateur photography. From this original two-pound model, cameras evolved to become lighter and easier to use for the photographer. The 20th century saw the development of Kodak’s Brownie camera (first marketed to young mothers and children in 1900), the 35mm camera (introduced in 1925), the instant camera (pioneered by Polaroid in 1948), the digital camera (introduced in 1975), and the disposable camera (first widely marketed in 1986).

Film development evolved with each major change to cameras. At first, amateur photographers had to develop their photos in what was called a “dark room,” where outside light wouldn’t interfere with the delicate development process. Many professional photographers and amateur enthusiasts still prefer the creative process involved with developing photos in a dark room, but many cameras no longer require film.

The digital camera proved to be the most popular camera model in the 21st century, for its ease of use and the ability to share digital photos on social media websites. Cameras built into smart phones spawned a cultural trend in which people—particularly millennials—would take pictures of themselves, called “selfies,” with their smartphone’s camera and either text them to friends or post them on Facebook or Instagram. Powerful photo editing programs make it easy to manipulate and improve digital photos.

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Photography Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to dive into arts and crafts, including primary source archives and eBooks.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources offers archives and collections that provide researchers with firsthand content, including photography publications, photographs, and much more, that can be used to examine and analyze the evolution of photography over time.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of photography eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including photographers, sports photographers, guides, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Britannica's Practical Guide to the Arts: Photography, 1st Edition

    Britannica's Practical Guide to the Arts: Photography, 1st Edition

    Britannica Digital Learning | 2017 | ISBN-13: 9781680483642

    This compendium focuses on the technology of photography, the camera and its parts, types of lenses, shutters and speeds, films and filters, making photographs, exposing film, lighting, darkroom techniques and processing, printing photographs, and some of the practical applications of the medium.

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  • Digital Photographer's Handbook, 1st Edition

    Digital Photographer's Handbook, 5th Edition

    DK Publishing | 2012 | ISBN-13: 9781465403513

    Revised and updated for this fifth edition, Tom Ang’s Digital Photographer’s Handbook offers expert advice to all photographers, whether they be novices or seasoned professionals. Regularly revised to keep up with current trends and developments, it has, unlike the majority of other photography books, remained up to date and on top of the fast-changing world of digital photography. This is the guide that has it all. Tom Ang teaches you how to capture the best possible shots, then guides you through techniques to enhance or transform your pictures. A projects section encourages you to practice your skills, and there’s advice on printing and showing your work. A buyer’s guide gives up-to-the-minute information on cameras and accessories to help you choose the right equipment for your needs.

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  • Digital Photography: An Introduction, 5th Edition

    Digital Photography: An Introduction, 5th Edition

    DK Publishing | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781465475312

    Learn how to capture, enhance, and transform your digital photographs taken with any camera, from phones to DSLRs, with renowned photographer and teacher Tom Ang. This comprehensive photography companion shows you everything you need to do to start taking exquisite photographs with digital cameras and phones. Beginning with core techniques every photographer needs to master, this updated edition progresses through a series of 15 projects that encourage you to practice and refine your skills. Quick troubleshooting tips help you fix common image problems, including those related to distortion, color, detail, and backgrounds. Tom Ang also gives expert advice for developing, editing, organizing, adjusting, cropping, and printing images, while an accompanying buying guide helps you choose the right camera, lenses, lighting, accessories, computers, and printers.

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  • Fearless Photographer: Sports, 1st Edition

    Fearless Photographer: Sports, 1st Edition

    Course Technology PTR | 2013 | ISBN-13: 9781305381254

    If you’re ready to start capturing high-quality sports photographs, Fearless Photographer: Sports will put you in the middle of the action. You’ll learn the fundamentals of the craft—its theory, equipment, and techniques—from a leading sports photographer. You’ll explore recommended hardware options, such as camera bodies and lenses, and get a thorough grounding in the building blocks of great sports photography, including shooting modes, shutter speed, aperture, framing, and more. You’ll also learn how to deal with the challenge of shooting in various lighting and weather conditions. The book’s many sample images and screenshots clarify the instruction and help to illustrate camera settings and postcapture workflow. Learn to take great action photos from a pro who has shot at hundreds of sporting events.

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