Just what we need in this era of selfies, Instagram, and all the social media sites where people post pictures of themselves, their travels, families, friends and for goodness sakes even fetuses growing in the womb (no joke a woman posted this on Facebook recently). Anyhow it’s #World Photography Day and while it isn’t sure what it means to the planet, the official website says that the date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.Travel writers can certainly cheer the day since photography is such an important aspect of the field. And today people from all over the globe are posting pictures for the world to see, but then don’t they always.
The site goes on to explain that it should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ using a process called Heliography. Why today, Aug 19, because that was the date in 1839 that he Daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process and also marked the release of the patent by the French government. So who is credited with the movement? It’s one Korske Ara, a passionate young photographer from Australia who launched the World Photo Day Project in 2009 with the dream to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography. A year later on the same date World Photo Day hosted it’s first global online gallery garnering 270 photographs by visitors from more than 100 countries—and so World Photo Day was born.
In any event happy World Photography Day. Can you believe, there was a time when photo-taking didn’t exist. How did the world survive? If you want to play a part in this momentous celebration click here. You might also enjoy watching the video we’ve attached with this article.
#World Photography Day is one of the biggest hits on Twitter and one of the posts is from the photo editors of New York’s Newsday– where your LA Travel Diva’s journalism career began–and here it is:
First, hold your camera the correct way. This is really simple. Some of the common problems with beginner photographers is “camera shake,” which causes blurry or out-of-focus photographs. An easy remedy is to brace your elbow against your chest. This will make you and your camera more stable.
Next, pay attention to composition.
This is probably one of the most important things to taking better photographs. Make sure that you notice what is in the foreground and the background. Always look at what is behind the subject. For example: Don’t have trees or other objects poking out from people’s heads. This will tremendously improve your photographs. Also, look for shadows and make sure that the sun is behind you and not behind the subject.