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Technology: Cameras Good vs. Evil
Transcript of Technology: Cameras Good vs. Evil
Good vs. Evil By: Laiken Owens & Whitney Stroupe The Camera has changed many things, and has made life easier in some areas. It replaced the horrendous task of hand painting scenery and people that would often take days and sometimes weeks, to complete the perfect picture. Instead taking a picture, and keeping it to paint later or in your spare time suffices. Before cameras, if you wanted a family portrait, families would have to go to a painter or sketch artist, and stand still for hours for the portrait to be done. As a replacement, now you can go to a photographer or even do it yourself and have your portrait in minutes. The camera has saved time and money, which is needed in our currently busy world.
Along with the cameras creation, arose the art of photography, which is taking a picture at the right place and at the right moment. Photography is the process of producing images through the radiant energy on a sensitive surface. Photography, in itself, has many different types such as Scenic, Medical, Event, Aerial, and even the Camera Phone is now considered a type of photography. What has the camera replaced? Cameras have been a revolutionary invention to the world. They have enabled us to take and share memories like never before. The photo a camera takes is recording a motion, just like a book records words. I think they are a great addition to the modern society. We can communicate like never before. Cameras have established a new way to be social. Without cameras, our world wouldn't be as advanced as it is today. Cameras have helped shape relationships; they have given us a new way to communicate. Cameras can capture priceless memories that can be viewed for years to come, like a sixteen year olds’ face when getting her first car, a baby digging into its first birthday cake, a young couple saying “I do,” or a military father hugging his child after returning from a long deployment. They can also make a way for you to be connected with someone, without being there or being anywhere near them. It has given family members that are far away, a chance to still remain close. You can see what they see, and imagine what they hear and feel.
Not only can photos be printed, but can now be shared through social media. Photos can be uploaded to websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and etc. to be shared with friends, and sometimes people who aren’t friends, but acquaintances. How have they changed relationships? Since the development of cameras, many environmental changes have occurred. The camera has helped to record history, and changes in in the environment, such as how industry has affected lakes and streams. Photos of past and present, has helped in conservation bills and in controversial issues. Chemicals are used in the development of photos, some of which are hazardous, especially if discarding them doesn’t follow protocol. These chemicals can kill wildlife. Even though digital photography is the most popular type, there are still environmental factors to be considered. People are using more paper to print them at home, and for use in projects, which also calls for more equipment, ink cartridges, and electricity. However, digital cameras have helped eliminate film, its canisters, and most of the harmful chemicals. How has the environment been changed? Technology such as the camera can hurt you. “How?” might you ask. Predators may take pictures without your knowledge, and share them online or other means. This could be detrimental to your personal life. Photographs can be used in espionage, and could allow classified secrets to be given to a foreign country. Trade secrets could be released to competitors, costing you time and money. Piracy can be committed with a camera.
Controls should be in place for cameras, but at the same time our freedoms should not be infringed on by the government. For example, the government should not have the right to record our home lives. In China the government has installed more than twenty million cameras so they can see the highways, parks, balconies, taxis, and sports stadiums. An example of how it can be abused is Wiki Leaks release of documents proving government surveillance. Cameras: good or bad? The History The original concept of a camera came from Johann Heinrich Schultz when he discovered a “silver and chalk” method in 1724, using a sliding box and a mixture of silver and chalk exposed under a light to capture the image. The man to take the first ever picture was Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, in 1814. It was taken by leaving the shutter on his “camera obscura,” which in Latin means dark room, left open for eight hours, and the photo faded shortly after. The person to capture an image without it fading is Alexander Wolcott, in 1840. The first digital camera was created by Steve Sasson in December of 1975, using miscellaneous camera parts and a, “highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array,… and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.” "camera obscura" first photo taken first digital camera