The first-ever idea of colored photographs was based on a three-color method, invented by James Clerk Maxwell, also known as the inventor of color photography. James Clerk Maxwell suggested this method, which was then implemented by Thomas Sutton in 1861 to capture the first colored photograph. It took Maxwell and Sutton six years to complete their idea and click the first-ever colored photograph. Here are some more interesting facts about photography that you should know.

The first snapshot

The first-ever snapshot was taken by Joseph Niepce in 1826. He managed to fix the image for an exposure of 8 hours. The picture did not come out clear, and the background was hardly visible. It was, however, a completely different thing at that time. The picture was named “view from the window.”

Asphalt paper

The first every paper used for photography was made of asphalt. It was officially the first photographic paper. This asphalt paper was made by applying the asphalt varnish on the copper or glass plate.

Obscura is still in use

The first-ever prototype for the modern age camera, Obscura, stopped its commercial production when the private companies started using the technology to launch their own products. But, even today, the Obscura camera is being used in the production of integrated circuits. It is used as a special film camera and is still as important as it was when it came out as a prodigy.

The invention of the camera in Russia

A year after photography got invented in 1839, Alex Grekov developed a theory in 1840 to create the first camera in Russia. It was called the theory of Daguerreotype by Grekov. He also did a couple of other experiments with photographs using the Talbot method on the light-sensitive paper.

Mavica, the first digital camera

Sony introduced Mavica in 1981 as the first digital camera. It was almost a complete SLR camera and had interchangeable lenses. Mavica had a resolution of 570×490 pixels. Despite being an SLR, the camera was only able to take pictures. It was a fully static camera and did not take video shots.


Auction of the oldest camera

In 2007, an auction in Vienna sold the oldest camera in the world at a record-breaking price of almost eight hundred thousand dollars. The starting bid for the camera was a hundred thousand euros, but it was too big of a deal to miss. The camera is called Daguerreotype Susses Freres and is in a fully functional condition.

The first autofocus SLR camera

The first-ever auto-focus SLR camera was produced by “Polaroid” in the year 1979. However, it was only until 1985 when Minolta produced a better auto-focus SLR camera, which became a standard for all SLR cameras.