Developer: R-U-ON, LLC
Price: free Download on the App Store
The History of Cameras — As a photographer I am frequently searching for a number of things to create a memorable photograph. The right lighting, perfect subject, and pleasing background are but a few of the considerations that affect ones ability to compose and convey an interesting story at a moment in time. I have always felt a sense of connection to those that paved the way long before me. That interest and perceived connection has often lead me to research old cameras, photographs and the history behind them.
For anyone with an interest in the history of cameras a great place to look is The History of Cameras iPhone app by R-U-ON. The History of Cameras app is a brief guided tour of cameras, at what the developer identifies as, every major milestone in camera technology.
The History of Cameras is truly quite interesting and well thought-out. The timeline begins at 1814 with the First Exposure and weaves a path through history ending in 2000 at the Camera Phone.
While navigating your way throug The History of Cameras, select a period by tapping on the camera pictured for that timeline. Once tapped you are taken to a page to read the history of that camera and time period. Should you select the wooden box shaped camera associated with 1836, you’ll learn about Daguerreotype.
It wasn’t until 1836 that the first practical photography process was perfected by Louis Jaques Daguerre…The process which was called Daguerreotype involved a silver coated copper plate…
The History of Cameras iPhone app provides you the possibility of seeing what a photograph might look like using the process you’ve just read about. At the top right corner of the page you’ll notice a blinking camera. By tapping on that camera you can get a feel of what the process was all about. Do so while on the Daguerreotype page, and the screen turns silver. Next you are advised that the plate is being coated with silver iodine, and then the page turns black. Now take a picture using your iPhone, and then select the use photo prompt. You’ll then learn that the Daguerreotype process would have required a 30 minute exposure and finally the plate would have to be exposed to mercury vapors. Within seconds your photo appears, as it would have, had it been taken using the Daguerreotype method.
Although I would have loved to see even more than the 12 examples available, The History of Cameras iPhone app is packed full of information and truly an interactive, educational experience. One other positive aspect of The History of Cameras is a paragraph found on the information page, written by developer Yuval Perlov, welcoming corrections, support and suggestions. Yes, I’m well aware that most developers ask for emails detailing comments and suggestions but I do always admire someone that welcomes corrections also. So far Yuval I haven’t found any but I’ll drop you a line as soon as I do.