The Science of Photography

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The Science of Photography

Derived from two Greek words – photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”) the word “Photography” was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839 as a method of recording images by the capture and control of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material.

There are still a few of us out there that had the joy of understanding Photography when it was a lesson in chemistry. Up to your armpits in bromide solution, splashing around in the dark for a lost negative is now a far stretch to clicking “yes – import my photos” on your brand new iMac. Though it has changed so much, it’s origins help you see the true craft behind this, art /science / trade/ and hobby.

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet, KH, FRS was an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer, who in some years also did valuable botanical work.

So maybe that is why we find that those with a love of photography, also have a love for science, the outdoors, and beautiful night skies captured by time lapse photography.