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Camera Day

June 29

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Camera Day


A camera works by capturing light and storing it as an image. The very first photograph was taken in 1826 by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. It took eight hours to create that first picture. Niépce used a brass plate covered in a light-sensitive chemical to make it.

There have been many improvements and innovations in photography since then. The invention of film made photography much more accessible and popular. Films still needed to be developed, so people sent them away to laboratories and had to wait for them to come back before they could see if they were any good!

Today, all kinds of devices have cameras, and we can see our photographs instantly. Researchers estimate that around 5 billion photos are taken every single day.

This video explains how digital cameras work.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Research and write a biography of someone who is important in the history of photography, such as Louis Daguerre or Henry Fox Talbot.
  • Make a list of devices that can create an image. How many can you think of?
  • Challenge children to take photos with a theme, such as shape or colour.
  • Use image editing software to change a photo. What effects can you achieve?
  • Show children some old cameras, or images of them. How do they compare to today’s cameras?


June 29
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