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How were photograph flashes made in the past?

How were photograph flashes made in the past?

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Asked by G. Horace, Last updated: Oct 30, 2022

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K. Myers

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K. Myers
K. Myers, Blogger, Chicago

Answered Dec 20, 2018

Even before, people already knew that there is a need to use the flash when taking photographs. The flash that we see in the various gadgets that we use now may seem easy. In the past, the flash would have to be made with magnesium powder that is mixed with potassium chlorate. This combination was introduced by Johannes Gaedicke and Adolf Miethe.

This was started in the yeat 1887. Over the past years, there were some changes that were made to the common flash. The camera flash is known to work faster now because the light is known to travel faster than the other things that we can see in this world right now.

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A. Daniels

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A. Daniels, Professor, San Diego

Answered Jul 17, 2018

Light is very important in processing photos. Without or with a little source of light, it is impossible to see any details on your photos. The first cameras do not have any flash and only depend on light from the sun. It was in 1839 when L. Ibbetson first used artificial light photography. He used limelight, an oxy-hydrogen light, discovered by Goldsworth Gurney when taking photos of microscopic objects.

It was not totally a success but it was a good gateway for more flash ideas. A French photographer and journalist, Nadar, used a battery operated lighting. It was in 1877 that the first photography studio used electric light that had light exposure of 2 to 3 seconds.

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