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A photograph (also known as a photo, image, or picture) is an created by falling on a surface, usually photographic film or an electronic , such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are now created using a /, which uses a lens to focus the scene's of light into a reproduction of what the would see. The process and practice of creating such images is called photography.

The word photograph was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the φῶς ( ), meaning "light," and γραφή ( graphê), meaning "drawing, writing," together meaning "drawing with light."

The first permanent photograph, a contact-exposed copy of an engraving, was made in 1822 using the bitumen-based "" process developed by Nicéphore Niépce. The first photographs of a real-world scene, made using a , followed a few years later at Le Gras, France, in 1826, but Niépce's process was not sensitive enough to be practical for that application: a camera exposure lasting for hours or days was required. In 1829 Niépce entered into a partnership with and the two collaborated to work out a similar but more sensitive and otherwise improved process.

After Niépce's death in 1833 Daguerre concentrated on -based alternatives. He exposed a silver-plated copper sheet to iodine vapor, creating a layer of light-sensitive ; exposed it in the camera for a few minutes; developed the resulting invisible to visibility with mercury fumes; then bathed the plate in a hot salt solution to remove the remaining silver iodide, making the results light-fast. He named this first practical process for making photographs with a camera the , after himself. Its existence was announced to the world on 7 January 1839 but working details were not made public until 19 August. Other inventors soon made improvements which reduced the required exposure time from a few minutes to a few seconds, making portrait photography truly practical and widely popular.

The daguerreotype had shortcomings, notably the fragility of the mirror-like image surface and the particular viewing conditions required to see the image properly. Each was a unique opaque positive that could only be duplicated by copying it with a camera. Inventors set about working out improved processes that would be more practical. By the end of the 1850s the daguerreotype had been replaced by the less expensive and more easily viewed and , which made use of the recently introduced collodion process. Glass plate collodion negatives used to make prints on soon became the preferred photographic method and held that position for many years, even after the introduction of the more convenient in 1871. Refinements of the gelatin process have remained the primary photographic process to this day, differing primarily in the sensitivity of the emulsion and the support material used, which was originally glass, then a variety of , along with various types of paper for the final prints.

Color photography is almost as old as black-and-white, with early experiments including 's prints in 1842, the pioneering work of Louis Ducos du Hauron in the 1860s, and the unveiled in 1891, but for many years color photography remained little more than a laboratory curiosity. It first became a widespread commercial reality with the introduction of plates in 1907, but the plates were very expensive and not suitable for casual snapshot-taking with hand-held cameras. The mid-1930s saw the introduction of and , the first easy-to-use color films of the modern multi-layer type. These early processes produced transparencies for use in and viewing devices, but color prints became increasingly popular after the introduction of chromogenic color print paper in the 1940s. The needs of the motion picture industry generated a number of special processes and systems, perhaps the best-known being the now-obsolete three-strip process.

Types of photographs
Non-digital photographs are produced with a two-step chemical process. In the two-step process the light-sensitive film captures a negative image (colors and lights/darks are inverted). To produce a positive image, the negative is most commonly transferred ('printed') onto photographic paper. Printing the negative onto transparent film stock is used to manufacture motion picture films.

Alternatively, the film is processed to invert the negative image, yielding positive transparencies. Such positive images are usually mounted in frames, called slides. Before recent advances in digital photography, transparencies were widely used by professionals because of their sharpness and accuracy of color rendition. Most photographs published in magazines were taken on color transparency film.

Originally, all photographs were monochromatic or hand-painted in color. Although methods for developing color photos were available as early as 1861, they did not become widely available until the 1940s or 1950s, and even so, until the 1960s most photographs were taken in black and white. Since then, color photography has dominated popular photography, although black and white is still used, being easier to develop than color.

images can be taken with cameras like the Xpan on standard film. Since the 1990s, panoramic photos have been available on the Advanced Photo System (APS) film. APS was developed by several of the major film manufacturers to provide a film with different formats and computerized options available, though APS panoramas were created using a mask in panorama-capable cameras, far less desirable than a true panoramic camera, which achieves its effect through a wider film format. APS has become less popular and has been discontinued.

The advent of the and digital photography has led to the rise of . These prints are created from stored graphic formats such as , , and RAW. The types of printers used include , dye-sublimation printer, , and . Inkjet prints are sometimes given the coined name "Giclée".

The Web has been a popular medium for storing and sharing photos ever since the first photograph was published on the web by in 1992 (an image of the house band Les Horribles Cernettes). Today popular sites such as , and 500px are used by millions of people to share their pictures.


Paper folders
Ideal photograph storage involves placing each photo in an individual folder constructed from buffered, or . Buffered paper folders are especially recommended in cases when a photograph was previously mounted onto poor quality material or using an that will lead to even more creation.Norris, Debbie Hess. "Caring for Your Photographic Collections." Library of Congress. 9 Feb. 2008, Store photographs measuring 8x10 inches or smaller vertically along the longer edge of the photo in the buffered paper folder, within a larger archival box, and label each folder with relevant information to identify it. The rigid nature of the folder protects the photo from slumping or creasing, as long as the box is not packed too tightly or under filled. Folder larger photos or photos stacked flat within archival boxes with other materials of comparable size."How Should I Store my Photographic Prints?" Preservation and Archives Professionals. The National Archives and Records Administration. 9 February 2008,

Polyester enclosures
The most stable of plastics used in photo preservation, , does not generate any harmful chemical elements, nor does it have any capability to absorb generated by the photograph itself. Polyester sleeves and encapsulation have been praised for their ability to protect the photograph from and environmental , slowing the reaction between the item and the atmosphere. This is true, however the polyester just as frequently traps these elements next to the material it is intended to protect. This is especially risky in a storage environment that experiences drastic fluctuations in humidity or temperature, leading to ferrotyping, or sticking of the photograph to the plastic. Photographs sleeved or encapsulated in polyester cannot be stored vertically in boxes because they will slide down next to each other within the box, bending and folding, nor can the write directly onto the polyester to identify the photograph. Therefore, it is necessary to either stack polyester protected photographs horizontally within a box, or bind them in a three ring binder. Stacking the photos horizontally within a flat box will greatly reduce ease of access, and binders leave three sides of the photo exposed to the effects of lightInternational Organization for Standardization. ISO 18902:2001(E). Geneva, Switzerland: ISO Office, 2007. and do not support the photograph evenly on both sides, leading to slumping and bending within the binder. The plastic used for enclosures has been manufactured to be as frictionless as possible to prevent scratching photos during insertion to the sleeves. Unfortunately, the slippery nature of the enclosure generates a build-up of static electricity, which attracts and lint particles. The static can attract the dust to the inside of the sleeve, as well, where it can scratch the photograph. Likewise, these components that aid in insertion of the photo, referred to as slip agents, can break down and transfer from the plastic to the photograph, where they deposit as an oily film, attracting further lint and dust. At this time, there is no test to evaluate the long-term effects of these components on photographs. In addition, the plastic sleeves can develop kinks or creases in the surface, which will scratch away at the during handling.

Handling and care
It is best to leave photographs lying flat on the table when viewing them. Do not pick it up from a corner, or even from two sides and hold it at eye level. Every time the photograph bends, even a little, this can break down the .Baggett, James L. "Handle with Care: Photos." Alabama Librarian. 54.1 (2004): 5. The very nature of enclosing a photograph in plastic encourages users to pick it up; users tend to handle plastic enclosed photographs less gently than non-enclosed photographs, simply because they feel the plastic enclosure makes the photo impervious to all mishandling. As long as a photo is in its folder, there is no need to touch it; simply remove the folder from the box, lay it flat on the table, and open the folder. If for some reason the researchers or do need to handle the actual photo, perhaps to examine the verso for writing, they can use gloves if there appears to be a risk from oils or dirt on the hands.

Myths and beliefs
Because were rendered on a mirrored surface, many also became practitioners of the new art form. Spiritualists would claim that the human image on the mirrored surface was akin to looking into one's soul. The spiritualists also believed that it would open their souls and let demons in. Among Muslims, it is (disliked) to perform (worship) in a place decorated with photographs. Photography and darkroom anomalies and artifacts sometimes lead viewers to believe that spirits or demons have been captured in photos.

The production or distribution of certain types of photograph has been forbidden under modern laws, such as those of government buildings, highly classified regions,Masco, Joseph. ""Sensitive but Unclassified": Secrecy and the Counterterrorist State." Public Culture 22.3 (2010): 433–463. private property, works,Turnbull, Bruce H. "Important legal developments regarding protection of copyrighted content against unauthorized copying." IEEE Communications Magazine 39.8 (2001): 92–100. children's ,Slane, Andrea. "From scanning to sexting: The scope of protection of dignity-based privacy in Canadian child pornography law." Osgoode Hall Law Journal 48 (2010): 543. child pornography and less commonly overall. These laws vary greatly between jurisdictions.

See also
  • Aerial photography
  • Conservation and restoration of photographs
  • Hand-colouring of photographs
  • List of largest photographs
  • List of most expensive photographs
  • Pseudo-photograph

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