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National Photography Day

Capture the perfect moment on National Photography Day! Get creative with your camera and show off your best shots to friends and family.
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August 19
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United States

Celebrate National Photography Day on August 19 by taking a moment to appreciate the art of photography! This day was created in 2009 and is dedicated to those who share their passion for capturing moments through the lens. From weddings, to landscapes, wildlife, street photography and more; photographers from all over the world use their skills to capture beautiful images that will last forever.

History of National Photography Day

National Photography Day Dates

National Photography Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1837</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Successful Photography</div><div class='timeline-text'>Louis Daguerre developed the daguerreotype, the first publicly recognized type of photography.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1888</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Kodak</div><div class='timeline-text'>George Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak company and popularized the use of roll film, changing photography's accessibility.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of Polaroid</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Polaroid Model 95, the world's first instant camera, was released to the public, transforming how photos were made and viewed.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1975</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Digital Camera</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kodak engineer Steve Sasson invented the first self-contained digital camera, paving the way for future digital photography advancements.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Camera-phone</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first camera-phone, the J-SH04, was produced by Sharp for the J-Phone product line in Japan, revolutionizing mobile photography.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Photography Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Photography Day was established to celebrate the art and craft of photography, promoting the sharing of photos around the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Photography Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a photography class</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn the basics of photography, or take a more advanced course to brush up on your skills. You'll gain knowledge that will help you capture beautiful pictures.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore new locations</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack your cameras and go explore a new park, neighborhood or city. Taking pictures of new places can reveal details about that area that you never noticed before.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go back in time</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some old photos of your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents and make copies. Hang them up and reminisce with family members about their memories.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a photography contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends to join in the fun by hosting a photography contest. Choose a theme like “Autumn Leaves” or “Cityscapes” and see which photo can capture it best.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a photo collage</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your favorite photos and create a unique collage! You can use online tools, or get creative with scissors and glue for an even more personal touch.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Photography Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Photography allows you to capture memories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>With the help of a camera, we can capture moments that otherwise would slip away. Photography enables us to keep our memories alive and share them with family and friends. It also provides an outlet for creative expression and helps us to appreciate the beauty in everyday life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Photography teaches us to be observant</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Taking photos requires us to look at the world through a different lens. It encourages us to pay attention to details - from the perfect angle or lighting conditions necessary for a great shot, to the way a certain flower petal curves in just the right way.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Photography is accessible</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Thanks to advances in technology, taking good photographs has become easier than ever before. Cameras are now more affordable and easier to use than ever before, allowing people from all walks of life to explore their passion for photography.</p></div></div>

5 Astonishing Facts for National Photography Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Oldest Surviving Photograph is from the year 1826</h3><p class='facts-content'>The photograph titled "View from the Window at Le Gras" by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, holds the record for being the world's oldest surviving photo.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Most Expensive Photograph Sold for $4.3 Million</h3><p class='facts-content'>Titled "Rhein II," this photograph by German visual artist Andreas Gursky was sold in 2011 and is considered the most expensive photograph ever sold.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Drones Have Revolutionized Aerial Photography</h3><p class='facts-content'>Not too long ago, aerial photos were only possible through use of helicopters or planes. The emergence of drones has made aerial photography accessible to many more people and opened a new perspective in photography.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Underwater Photography Dates Back to 1856</h3><p class='facts-content'>It was accomplished by British engineer William Thompson and his team who used a pole-mounted camera with a watertight housing to photograph seaweed underwater.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Single Photo can Consist of Hundreds of Shots</h3><p class='facts-content'>In techniques like focus stacking, multiple images are captured with different focus points and later combined digitally into a single photo with greater depth of field. Popular in macro photography, this technique can involve hundreds of individual photos being used for one final image.</p></div></div>

National Photography Day FAQs

When is National Photography Day?

National Photography Day is celebrated on August 19 every year. In 2024 National Photography Day will occur on a Monday.

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