Carson Powell


The camera has innovated through history and had a major impact on society today. The first somewhat successful images were created by 1816 by Nicephore Niepce. using a very small camera of his own making and a piece of paper coated with silver chloride which got dark when it was exposed to light. But since then the camera has evolved to be more effective. They then used dry plates, then film after that. Then the camera became more compact and soon it became portable and able to make photos almost instantly. The digital camera is what is mostly used now. It digitally records images and keeps them saved in a magnetic memory. The first commercially available digital camera in the United States was the 1990 Dycam. It was a commercial failure because it was black and white, low in resolution, and cost nearly $1,000.

Economic Impact

Photography is considered an art form and depending on what is captured can determine on how much money the image can sell for. An example is if someone captured an image of a famous celebrity in the public certain magazines might want to purchase the photo from you so that they can use it. Photography can be a full time career for some people. Jobs like staged photography for family photos. Jobs like camera man on a filming set. Unfortunately the cost for a quality camera can go up to the thousands. This makes it difficult for someone to get quality images. If the quality is low the desire for the image is compromised which means less money made.

Political Impacts

The use of cameras for photographic images as evidence in court can help determine a defendants innocence. But it can also be bad because of the possibility of photo shopped images can be used as illegitimate evidence.