The soft click of the camera, a flash of light and a moment in time is captured forever. Maybe digitally, maybe on film, the medium is never as important as the memory or moment caught. A group of people, a sunset, or even a fish jumping out of the water, a photograph is a way to feel the emotion and context of that exact moment. Celebrate that, on this picturesque World Photography Day!
Learn about World Photography Day
World Photography Day is a day whereby we pay tribute to the incredible art form that is photography. There are those personal photos that we all love and cherish, but there are also photos that tell a story. They tell us about significant periods in time or enable us to learn more about the planet. After all, they do say that a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
History of World Photography Day
The first photograph was made by Nicéphore Niépce, using silver chloride coating a piece of paper. However, the photo would eventually turn fully dark as he knew no way to remove the silver chloride from the paper to preserve the photo.
Photographs got better and better over the years, first with the ‘still camera’, and the ability to take a picture that way. Think of the old west in America, and that camera’s differences from the ones of World War 2, then compare them to modern cameras. The major jumps in technology affected photography as much as any other facet of life around the world.
With Kodak, Canon and so many other brands out there, it was of no surprise when the market of photography got such a jump, even more so with the military and surveillance capabilities offered as cameras got better, lighter and more easily used.
Yet for all the innovation and creativity, science and even the large amount of art that occurs in the photography realm, not much can beat the simple pleasure of snapping photos and developing your frames to enjoy the integrity of the photos.
How to celebrate World Photography Day
Why not go out and snap a few pictures yourself? Find an older camera, and enjoy the feel, and look, of 35mm film. Walk around and snap some pictures to preserve the time in photographic form. Make a collage, which is a mixture of pictures, sometimes cut into different shapes than the usual rectangles of photos.
Go snap some wildlife, either in the wild or at a zoo. Maybe some family photos wouldn’t be out of the question; and you could even use them in the yearly holiday cards in place of the stock sitting stills. Or go see a museum about photography, if you have one nearby to visit.
Many museums have cameras in them, and some even explain the use of photography in major events worldwide. How do you think they get the pictures of these events anyways? With a camera of course! So go out there, snap some photos and maybe record a piece of history on this year’s World Photography Day!
To really go all out, why not treat yourself and your friends for the day and hire a photo studio? Or, if you run a business, use this day as an opportunity to shoot some professional shots or update your marketing? Photo studio hire does not need to be complicated or expensive. Plus, hiring a photo studio is a good idea rather than simply grabbing a camera and taking some shots outside.
The first benefit of choosing a studio for your photo shoot or production is the professional look that you can more easily achieve in a studio. This is because you’ll be working in a setting over which you have control; every variable and change can be directed and minimised if you need.
It can also be much cheaper to work in a studio than to hire out an authentic location or to sustain a whole team in outdoor situations. This means that working with a photography studio can allow you to invest in the likes of upcoming talent or other areas.
Furthermore, the availability of extra resources can be useful; if you’re on-location shooting, and you suddenly have a brilliant idea, you may lack the correct resources to follow it up. Hiring a photo studio ensures that you’ll have all the bits and pieces you need to make all your visions a reality. It is likely that some of the equipment will be available in the hire cost whereas others will be accessible for an added fee.
The main benefit of choosing to use a studio, however, is the lack of restraints you’ll face; no prying eyes and no rain, and access to artificial lights and heating should you need them. You can truly let your creative side go wild and celebrate World Photography Day in the way that it should be celebrated!
If you are someone who likes to look at photographs, rather than take them or be a part of them, we would encourage you to spend some time online, looking at some of the most famous photos and influential inmates of all time. There are so many iconic photos, and you are bound to be fascinated by them.
Some of the most iconic photos include Yousuf Karsh’s iconic photo, Winston Churchill, as well as Kevin Carter Pulitzer Prize-winning photo Starving Child and Vulture, and Stanley Forman’s famous photo Woman Falling From Fire Escape. Some of the photos are heartbreaking, others are heartwarming, and some are just downright fascinating! Either way, we can all appreciate them!