Engagement Photographer Captures the Occasion in KZN
It is no wonder that photography in KZN and elsewhere in South Africa has extended to recording engagements too, once mainly the preserve of occasions like weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays and special celebrations.
In fact, the advent and popularity of the internet and social media, such as twitter, Facebook and others, has made sending photographs of engagements and numerous other events so easy and convenient. A picture taken in KZN can arrive on the computer or other mobile device of a recipient anywhere in the world, within mere seconds.
The other major factor in this common use of photographic equipment lies with the equipment itself. A few years ago, only the most expensive, up-to-date mobile phones had camera capabilities, albeit not of great quality and clarity. This, of course, has changed dramatically. Very few mobile phones are now made without a camera and the quality of images is remarkably good.
However, professional photography remains in a league of its own. Although here too, equipment has altered dramatically since the invention of today’s digital technology, but the art of recording pictures has a long, fascinating history.
It all began with the ancient Greeks and Chinese, who discovered that the upside down image of a scene could be projected onto a surface through a pinhole or simple lens, enabling the user to trace it in order to preserve the picture. This became known as the camera obscura, which began as a room-sized item, gradually becoming smaller.
Camera design continued to evolve. the history of image capture includes such evocative names as daguerreotypes, calotypes and dry plates, to name only a few, until George Eastman, founder of Kodak, invented, patented and sold his first basic box camera in 1888. This camera was complete with celluloid film, a fixed-focus lens and only one shutter speed.
Nowadays, professional engagement photographers like Eloise, of the outstanding studio which carries her name, all use cutting-edge technology, and easily portable cameras and equipment with which they practice their art wherever they go – to KZN and anywhere else in South Africa.
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