Posts Tagged ‘first’

First Tweets of the Biggest Photography Names on Twitter

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In celebration of their 8th anniversary, Twitter has launched a tool that lets you look up the first tweet of any and every account on their service (that isn’t protected). We thought we’d put that tool to some photographic use and share what some of the biggest photography names on Twitter were sharing when they first hopped on the now-huge microblogging platform.

We’re gonna break it down into three categories: Our favorite publications, our favorite brands, and our favorite photographers. Read more…

Group Sneaks Camera into Supreme Court, Gives Us First Ever Glimpse Inside

An advocacy group concerned with the issue of campaign finance reform recently managed to capture some footage that has never been captured before: video from inside the Supreme Court. Read more…

Is This the First Toy Camera Photo Taken from the Edge of Space?

View of Earth from the Stratosphere with Holga plactic 'toy' camera.

We’ve seen cameras sent to the edge of space to take pictures, and we’ve even seen toys photographed at the edge of space. What we had never see, however, was a toy camera photo taken from the edge of space — until now that is.

The photo above was the result of a summer-long project by a class at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, and it’s the first Holga toy camera photo taken from the Stratosphere. Read more…

Did You Know: The World’s First Portable Motion Picture Camera was a 12fps ‘Rifle’

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Here’s a fun piece of photographic/cinematographic history: the first ever portable motion picture camera was invented by a French scientist named Étienne-Jules Marey, and it was in the shape of a gun. Sort of a great grandfather to the the Mark III Hythe Machine Gun Camera used by the British during WWI to train aerial gunners, the Fusil Photographique (or “photographic rifle”) made its debut on the scene all the way back in 1882. Read more…

The First Female Photog Was an English Botanist Who Made Cyanotypes of Plants

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Here’s a little photographic history lesson to get your Thursday morning started off right. Did you know that the woman many sources believe was the first female photographer was an English botanist by the name of Anna Atkins?

Atkins repurposed the cyanotype process (discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842) from a way of making photocopies of notes and diagrams (i.e. blueprints) to a way of making photograms of plants. Read more…

How Scientists Caught a Giant Squid on Camera

Edith Widder is one of the three scientists that managed to capture the first high-resolution video footage of an actual giant squid. And about a month ago, her TED talk describing how she and her team did it (embedded above) was finally posted online.

Almost 2 stories tall, you would think that something that massive would have already been photographed or video taped. But it was Widder’s common-sense approach that would yield the groundbreaking footage. So, how did scientists manage to finally catch a giant squid on camera? One word: quietly. Read more…

The First Webcam Was Invented to Check Coffee Levels Without Getting Up

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Necessity may be the mother of invention, but laziness is definitely its father. Case in point, here’s an interesting tidbit of imaging history: the first webcam ever was actually invented by lazy students at Cambridge University who didn’t want to waste a trip to the nearby coffee pot if it was going to be empty when they got there. Read more…

Scientist Snaps First Ever Photograph of DNA’s Double Helix

An interesting photographic first has been announced by a scientist at the University of Genoa in Italy. Enzo di Fabrizio revealed the world’s very first true photograph that shows the double helix structure of DNA, shown above.
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The First Ever Music Video Filmed Entirely Using Instagram

We all know Instagram as an app for retro-filtered photos, but have you ever considered using it to film a video, one photo at a time? That’s what director Arturo Perez Jr. did for the video above. It’s the official music video for the song “Invasión” by Mexico City-based band The Plastics Revolution.
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Most Expensive Production Camera and First Leica M Sold at Auction

Back in May, a 1923 Leica O-Series camera became the most expensive camera on the planet after being sold for roughly $2.79 million at a WestLicht auction. That camera was a prototype camera, and just one of 25 made (only 12 of them exist today). If you’re wondering what the most expensive non-prototype camera is, look no further than the latest WestLicht auction that was held earlier today. The Leica M3D seen above fetched a staggering €1.68 million, or roughly $2.18 million, becoming “the most expensive camera from a serial production ever.”
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