Science in daily life: From Camera Obscura to the cameraphone

Now it would be impossible to imagine a world without a selfie. t would be hard to imagine a world without a camera. What would be our world be like without our ability to capture chemically and digitally images?

THE CAMERA OBSCURA

Using lenses an inverted image of a tree can be projected on a surface inside a dark room. Other objects of course could be reflected. This was the Camera Obscura. Aside from the novelty of the technology one of the practical uses was to copy images on a projected surface: A painter would trace the figure and voila! A near perfect depiction of the projected object. And this was the secret of a number of painters.

Of course the projection of an image via the Camera Obscura jumped technologically when it was discovered that you could burn the image on a reactive surface, leaving behind an image of the object. If the simple projection of an image via the camera obscure was in the realm of Physics. The burning or reaction of a surface to the projected image is in the realm of Chemistry. It is an example of how science can provide innovation and improve life.

When the camera boxes came out they were huge and expensive. Interestingly enough the two uses of the camera were in the realm of Science and Arts. Discoveries and phenomena were and are continually recorded by cameras. A number of these cameras were customised for this. The Fish-Eye lens was created to get to see everything in front of you with one shot. The first panoramic cameras were used to take snapshots of a field before and after it was bombarded by mortar fire. Cameras have and are attached to microscopes and telescopes. At the same time when the camera appeared another use was for aesthetic pleasure and purpose. The first cameras were used to recreate and adapt famous art works. Painting both classical and Impressionistic were re-interpreted. Not surprisingly, Painters were initially alarmed with the camera – would the camera replace them? History would prove that they had nothing to fear. Technology does not make one a Picasso. It was up to the skill and determination of the individual to harness and make use of the camera. An often quoted maxim among photographers – its the Indian and not the bow: Its not the technology but the hand that wields it that make it useful and successful.

THE CAMERA FROM CHEMICAL REACTION TO DIGITAL

As time progressed the technology of cameras evolved. Cameras shifted from glass, metal plates, to film and digital sensors. Cameras evolved from large box cameras to pocket-sized cameras able to fit in one’s eponymous pocket (Olympus Pen). Twin-Lens Reflexes, Single Lens Reflex, Range finders, and compact cameras came. Making the art and science of photography everywhere and to anyone. Kodak’s Brownie Camera made thing as simple as possible, just take a shot and bring to the Kodak store and Kodak print those shots for you. A few scores before the beginning of the 2000s the Instant Camera made it’d appearance and negated the need to go to the photoshop. And much nearer the beginning of the 2000s the first digital camera came and soon digital technology would envelope cameras of all sorts. Of course the camera phone handed this technology to the hands of a greater part of the human race – bringing about selfies, selfie sticks, wacky shots, OTD, group shots, flickr and Instagram.

HOW THE CAMERA AFFECTED US AND ITS EFFECTS

The Ubiquity: The Constant Presence Everywhere of the camera from the cameras of photographers, the cameras of satellites in space and the cameras in cellphones and across time has been having a profound impact on Human Civilisation:

Portraits – formal, informal and even post-mortem have recorded and preserved our story. Probably one of the more poignant would be the image and moving image of the extinct Tasmanian Wolf.

Snapshots of Rubber Plantation workers mutilated, as a form of punishment, in the Belgian Congo because of the policy of the Belgian King was one of the factors that led to the worldwide condemnation and eventual dropping of the practice of the Belgian King as the feudal lord of the Belgian Congo.

Artworks produced like: Atomicus featuring Salvador Dali, several cats, water, chairs and other things. Works of Henri Cartier Bresson, Arthur Fellig, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Capa, Eugene Smith and others.

Preserving and Capturing the snapshot of human and nature events from the End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb Explosion; the Eruption of Mount Pinatubo; the foot print of the Astronaut who landed on the Moon: the first snapshot of a human being born; and countless snapshots of each human being with a camera.

CAMERA GOOD OR BAD?

For good or for worse the camera is now one of the essential parts gf Our Society. Whether it be anolog or digital and whether it is a big or a pocket sized, Humans: We use it (i) for enjoyment, (ii) for business, (iii) for research, (iv) for recording, (v) for security, (vi) And for preserving and remembering. It will probably be one of the technology we will have for some time.

Now, The answer whether it is good or bad lies in the hand that wields it.

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126 Responses to Science in daily life: From Camera Obscura to the cameraphone

  1. John Nicholas A. Palmera says:

    Cameras are a good thing in today’s society due to the ability to capture moments and experiences for a long time. It also has been an integral part of human society due to the connectivity cameras and other related technology has done to us. Good or bad? I think cameras really have done some good to society although they are susceptible to abuse so moderation and discipline is a must for people to use them effectively.

    John Nicholas A. Palmera
    2014-89271
    STS WFX

  2. Kishi says:

    A world without the ability to capture images chemically and/or digitally. I think that’s a really sad world. I would consider it a world without vivid memories (as I am considering taking an image of a specific event or place, capturing a memory and storing that memory for almost an eternity). Although people could still paint a certain event or place, thus still capturing a memory, painting has some sort of bias for one artist would interpret that memory in one way, thus painting it in one way, while another artist would interpret that memory in another way, thus painting it in another way, therefore tarnishing the vividness of that memory. But, our society will be different, instead of taking out our phones and capturing an event for example a concert, we would experience that event with our own eyes, not through the lenses of a camera.

    i disagree with your statement, “Now, The answer whether it [the camera] is good or bad lies in the hand that wields it.” I think that the answer lies in the hand of someone who’s handling the film, the image. He’s the one responsible for the image, the wielder of the camera is just a vessel.

    John Patrick Factor
    2013-70047
    STS WFX

  3. Rafa Cantero says:

    As mentioned, cameras have had both positive and negative effects on our society. I believe that one of the cons would be how the easy access to cameras may foster a culture that is very vain and narcissistic. Despite this I believe the pros that cameras bring heavily outweigh the cons and I am glad that the camera is here, not just to stay, but to continue to improve as well.

    Rafael Miguel V. Cantero
    2014-10260
    STS WFX

  4. Joseph Susano says:

    A camera is a double-edged sword; it has its own advantages and disadvantages. People use cameras mainly to capture precious things, be it a loved one, a vacation and the like. Fleeting moments can be preserved for theoretically a lifetime by taking a photo or video of it. Come to think of it, we wouldn’t how our parents, famous people, roads without traffic, or the world in general looked like in their earlier days, if it weren’t for this tool.

    However, there are times that they would just flip out their cameras instead of appreciating the moment. The tendency to flash phones at concerts, and even when eating is, for me, antithetical considering that these things are valued for what they really are, not for what they look through the viewfinder, or LCD for that matter. Nowadays, “selfies” and “groufies” are present in our daily lexicon because of the ubiquity of these self-portraits. This, in turn, creates a culture of narcissism; a culture that puts one’s self above the others.

    While it may have its own disadvantages, cameras show the world through different lenses. We’re able to grasp a better understanding of our world, one that we may not do so if it weren’t for cameras

    Joseph Eliezer Susano
    2014-04150
    WFX

  5. Jewel says:

    Camera is an integral factor for the development of the human civilization. Academic fields are able to advance because the camera’s ability to capture moments. People are able to connect and interact more through the use of camera. Different forms of entertainment are revolutionized due to the development of cameras. But, just like any other inventions, it can have negative effect also. It can be used as an intervention of privacy. It also be used to fabricate news through perspective. Thus, there is a code of ethics that will guide and discipline us on how to use camera and the outputs from it. As Albert Einstein once said, “Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.” And the ethics should be followed to prevent the negative effects of the camera from occurring.

    Jewel Mae C. Regnim
    2015-03129
    STS WFX

  6. Gerard Sacramento says:

    Cameras have long been an integral part of our lives. I believe that cameras have become some sort of commodity to humans because of all the things that are happening to us. The world has changed so much that we sometimes get left behind whats happening to us thats why we needed the camera to capture instantaneous moments precious to us so as to keep up with the constantly changing world. With this privilege, we must learn how to moderate our use of cameras, or technology in general. No matter how advanced we are, we must be weary still that technology should not degrade our quality of life because our lives, culture and principles are still far more important than technology we enjoy.

    Gerard Edison R. Sacramento
    2013-26075
    STS WFX

  7. James Guillarte says:

    Like stories in a book or articles from a newspaper, the images these cameras produce will inevitably be part of history. With that said, given this powerful and influential technology, it really is in the way the people behind the cameras use it to share their side of the story.

    James Carlo Guillarte
    2014-21409
    STS WFX

  8. Jenina Castro says:

    Cameras are really essential in developments in our society. Through cameras, we were able to record and observe things that are important for further developments. Just like in any technology, it has positive and negative effect, depending on the people who uses them.

    Jenina Castro
    2013-55558
    WFX

  9. Maeve Mendiola says:

    People often say “live in the moment,” but isn’t it great if we have the capacity to relive those certain moments? Cameras served as our eyes in the digital world- allowing us to capture events precisely as they are. Due to the fact that our brains can only “save” so much memories, cameras enabled us to keep as much memories as we can. This though is not only exclusive to matters of personal importance, but it also includes historical happenings. After all, nothing serves as a more solid proof than an actual photograph. Cameras have been around for quite some time now, it served as an important tool for mankind used for multiple purposes. However, alongside its positive benefits are some negative ones. What I think we could do best is to just be responsible in using such devices.

    Trisha Maeve B. Mendiola
    2014-45302
    WFX

  10. Jeanette Yutero says:

    Nowadays, cameras are considered as one of the most important gadgets. I personally depend on my camera a lot, especially for note taking and memory keeping. With that being said, the camera has its own share of cons, but ultimately, whether the camera is good or bad depends on the one using it.

    Jeanette Kathleen P. Yutero
    2015-01417
    STS WFX

  11. Jude Paolo Bognot says:

    Cameras brought a lot of changes in our society and it still is at present. As a device brought about by technology, it has its own pros and cons. One of the major positive contribution of this device is its ability to capture moments and write history. History as taught today is a compilation of whatever documents or narratives are left, probably with the perspective of the winners through time. It states the events, but with a perspectives where it comes from. With the presence of this device now, it can capture moments that are more accurate and closer to the truth (of course, not taking into account the perspective of the holder/user). It makes us write our history through pictures and videos. It also makes our memories of certain significant events or even an ordinary day to be retained not only in our minds but also in pictures and videos that can always be looked back to and even shared to others.

    Although, all of these pros have their own tradeoffs. Today, the presence of cameras does not allow people to 100% experience the reality of an event. The appreciation of a certain scene is not done through our own eyes but with the eyes of the camera. True enough, it keeps memories, but not the feelings that we could have for a certain happening. Thus, the use of cameras can make us remember the moments but cherishing it at the time of the capture could be our tradeoff – the price we have to pay.

    Whether it helps or not depends on how we use it. I for instance, use it for documentation purposes and for social media but not to capture moments for I still believe in the power of our eyes to capture the scene… and the feeling.

    Jude Paolo Bognot
    2014-48155
    STS WFX

  12. bead says:

    I agree with the line about the “state” (good or bad) of technology (in this case, the camera) depending on the hand that wields it. Aside from the uses mentioned, I think how the camera is used, and how the camera has progressed over the decades, has led to changes in attitude as well.

    Of course there will be negative aspects to it. For me, some of these are dependency, uncalled-for competitiveness and hierarchy, insecurity, and to an extent, a sense of being superficial. For photographers or even phone users, there is a need to document everything, which can take away from the experience itself. There is also the competition that comes from having better photos or a better/newer camera or lens, and so on. This can lead to insecurity. If one is the subject (selfie or not), it could lead to an obsession of looking good in every photo taken. Many times it’s been said that too much of a good thing is bad as well, and I think that can apply to the camera when “handled” the wrong way.

    The rise of the camera has brought forward some positive changes as well, such as increased appreciation for beauty in all forms, sentimentality, and creativity. Personally, having a camera and learning to appreciate it leads to becoming more aware of interesting or beautiful things, places, scenes, and so on. There are also times when we can become more aware of truth and emotions and are able to capture them (e.g. event documentation, photojournalism). Being able to take photos of such is a way for people to hold on to things they value and want to remember for a long time. Cameras have lead to the popularity of photo albums which are very nostalgic, whether printed and pasted on handmade scrapbooks or posted on Facebook. Using a camera also challenges people to see different angles and opens up the possibility of being more creative, giving people an avenue to grow and share their experiences with others.

    A camera really is a tool for self-expression, and as can only magnify the good and/or bad that the holder. For me it has done more good than bad as I relate more to the parts about being appreciative of my surroundings. This can change, however, from person to person.

    Bea S. Dazo
    2014-54587
    STS THX

  13. John Ray Allen Bisarra says:

    Sa patuloy na pag-usad ng panahon ay nariyan ang teknolohiya upang lumikha ng bago at higit sa kung ano na ang nasa kasalukuyan. Sa pag-unlad ng camera, o ng teknolohiya sa mas masaklaw na perspektiba, maraming salik sa lipunan ang sumasabay rito tulad ng wika at pangangailangan. Sa wika, umuusbong mga bagong terminong naiuugnay sa camera at pagkuha ng litrato: selfie, group(f)ie, jump shot, atbp.

    At sa paglikha naman ng mga bagong bagay ay kasunod nito ang mga bagong pangangailan: bluetooth shutter, selfie stick (upang mapadali ang pagkuha ng litrato), mga application (pangangailan sa pag-edit) at iba pa. Ang mga nakikitang pangangailangan ang isa sa nagiging dahilan upang lumikha ng bago. Ang patuloy na pagtugon ng tao sa pangangailangan ang nagsisilang ng imbensyon.

    John Ray Allen Bisarra
    2014-52620
    STS WFX

  14. [ ] says:

    Cameras give us the ability to convey meaning through still pictures and captured videos. It allows us to capture moments that we want to remember, to be updated of what’s happening around the world and what has happened in our history. It is timeless communication through a device.
    I agree that it just depends on how the wielder wants and what he intended to communicate. Because in cameras, we can distort the images and manipulate them according to what we want. The images then are products and intentions of the wielder. Cameras become bad when it gives false information,
    manipulated image that aims to confuse people. The interpreters (holder of image) then have the duty to discern and research what was truly happening behind the photo; holder has the final say on these photos.

    Roda Anne Marie L. Vasquez
    2015-03834
    STS THX

  15. Though the painters’ concern that Camera will begin to replace them is valid, I find that cameras only increased our appreciation of paintings because now, without having to be physically with the painting, we can still marvel at it and share it with others who do not have a chance to see the painting for themselves.

    I think that cameras also play into how we humans want to leave behind a legacy before we move on. Pictures are evidence of where we have been and what we have done. It provides us with memories to look back to even after the people in the picture are gone.

    Maria Sofia Yangzon
    2014-30635
    STS THX

  16. Danielle Jessa Trinidad says:

    Camera, I think, is a good thing for it can provide evidence to the truth. It is not only used for the purpose of capturing events for preserving them but also for finding the answers to our queries. But then, camera, along with its captured images, is only a medium for the truth. How things and events are captured and how these produced images are interpreted may affect if the truth in the image will be hidden or revealed. In this case, I believe that the camera itself is for the good.

    Danielle Jessa A. Trinidad
    2013-48689
    STS WFX

  17. Rachel Angela Ferrer says:

    Cameras give us opportunities to freeze a moment; we capture a particular scene at the present and with those pictures we are able to go back to the past whenever we want. The only negative thing I have observed is that we become too obsessed wih taking pictures that sometimes we forget to appreciate every moment and see its beauty by our naked eye.(One example is in plays, concerts, games: instead of directly watching them, we watch on the screens of our cameras or phones). Sure, the specifications of cameras have already improved but there will always be a difference with seeing a scene through the lens and seeing them with our naked eye (i.e. false color; we see an image dynamically, while cameras capture images (or even videos) as still images http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/cameras-vs-human-eye.htm).

    Rachel Angela P. Ferrer
    2013-71213
    STS WFX

  18. Leandrew Guzman says:

    In the early days, cameras are just available to those with money to buy it. It was like only those who are privileged can use these cameras to capture moments. However, it gradually changed as time goes by. It is now available to anyone, anywhere in any form not just secluded to its traditional form. Camera is a big influence to the society today. It became a necessity to almost everyone. The use of cameras is really beneficial to mankind as it can record almost anything at any moment in order to preserve it for ourselves and pass on to the next generation. It can be form of appreciation to other people and passion to them. Taking pictures also can benefit society like spreading the needed news and information to the society. It can be formed as an evidences to any needed information. There are many other good things that taking pictures gives. However, it does not only yield to positive effects, it also leads to negative effects. Some form of it is if it is used as a medium of information, but people who see it have different interpretation to what the picture really want to convey. It can cause some misunderstanding between people. Another thing is with the technology today, pictures can be manipulated to cause chaos. Taking pictures can also be a source of death. An example is the addiction to taking selfies anywhere. There were news that the person taking selfie fell from a cliff, or have been it by vehicles etc. Too much picture taking can also cause separation between people. Like some people area addicted to taking pictures every now and then and anything like the food they eat etc. And in the end communication between people is halted. Though sometimes pictures can also be a form of communication between people but sometimes it does not. Another thing is taking pictures of everywhere you are and updating currently in public. Some people became victims of crimes because of always taking pictures and not being aware of their surroundings. Some victims learned that they were being followed because of continuous updating and pictures of their current locations. Being addicted to it can sometimes lead to dangerous things. There is nothing wrong with cameras and using it for taking pictures. It has many positive effects for us but it also has negative effects. Cameras and taking pictures should be used properly. In the end, whether really it is good or bad depends on how a person utilize it.

    Leandrew Miguel V. Guzman
    2013-72788
    STS WFX

  19. Aina Po says:

    Pictures have sentimental value and I don’t just speak for myself. A lot of people become attach to photos because it helps them remember the events happening when that picture was captured. Without cameras, we won’t have these pictures to remind us of those moments. With the help of the camera, we are able to keep with us precious memories that will remain in this world even after we pass. We are immortalized and even if we don’t get to meet the future generations, they will get to meet us even through just our pictures. Our stories get pass on from generation to generation.

    On the other hand, there are times when, we just have to set down our cameras and just live in the moment. Not all memories have to be documented. There are those, too precious for pictures to give justice to.

    Aina Bernice U. Po
    2014-20378
    STS WFX

  20. Ruel Jan Anthony A. Moldez says:

    Cameras have grown to become integral devices in the modern time. We use cameras to capture precious moments and ensure these instances are immortalized through prints and/or digital copies. Certainly, both positive and negative consequences are entailed with this technology; the magnitude of its effects depends largely on people.

    Ruel Jan Anthony A. Moldez
    2013-49925
    WFX

  21. Raphael Cyron Robles says:

    The question of whether something that is a product of technology being good or bad is always dependent on the people who will use it. Cameras give us the ability to capture a moment and revisit or review it again. While cameras are now easily accessible to ordinary people, we become more and more used to handling it, as well as using it to serve many different purposes. While we get more from this piece of technology, we also have to think about the underlying responsibilities that the use of the camera implies.

    Raphael Cyron Robles
    2015-06938
    WFX

  22. Iole Vengco says:

    The Camera is one of the most amazing pieces of technology for me, personally, because it has the ability to preserve a moment of time in paper (or digitally, nowadays). And I think it is because of this ability that the camera is, in itself, good. From being this luxury item at the time it was invented, the camera has become something that most of us can acquire. Yes, it partly depends on the wielder if he/she uses it for good or bad but to look at the larger scale of things, cameras are a tool for human documentation. Be it a formal portrait or a woke-up-like-this selfie, it still captures what is human (or what is not.) And I think that it justly serves its purpose that way.

  23. Kyle Chan says:

    I feel that the invention of the camera is a double edged sword. For one, it allows us to capture real moments untouched and in its real form but the other it can be used to frame things in a bad light.

    Though pictures are often static, the interpretation based on it is unique to the viewer. The advent of mobile cameras allows anyone to document their lives and share it with others. Something which was not possible in the past.

    Kyle Terrence Chan
    2015-01678
    WFX

  24. Enrique Lorenzo Martinez says:

    I think that cameras have been able to help our society, especially for future generations, to visualize and remember moments in their lives that have been very meaningful to them. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”, and cameras are the very vehicles that drive the human capability to capture these moments. Of course, whether the camera is good or bad would always be in the hands of the user. Technology is merely the tool; it’s in the usage of the man whether he will use it for good or not.

    Enrique Lorenzo L. Martinez
    2016-01369
    WFX

  25. Paulo Israel Mastrili says:

    Cameras are everywhere nowadays. Due to technological advances, we now have it in our pockets. We have it on our phones. We capture the moment and forever pause it in a certian time and scene. The problem seen these days is that we become obsessed over taking photos and aharing it to the world. We forget to experience and feel the things happening around us. We become too glued to our screens to feel. A photo may capture the moment but it can never replicate the actual experience of being there.

    Paulo Israel Y. Mastrili
    2015-01697
    WFX

  26. Edelito Jr E Mercene says:

    Cameras as well as other image-capturing devices helped various fields develop. For example, a journalist’s photo could convey millions of meanings; a chemist could capture the beauty of an algae colony; a teacher could treasure the smiles of her student.
    Also, since our memories are not vivid, cameras provide us a clear picture and enable us to relive glimpses of the past just by gazing at an image.

    However, cameras, like any other digital devices, could serve as a distraction. For example, hundreds and thousands of camera phones were being used during live concerts. Instead of enjoying the moment, people tend to get busy documenting the moment for later use.
    Lastly, due to technological advances enabling cameras to have ridiculously large lenses having great zoom ability, camera could be used for invasion of privacy.

    Cameras has advantages and disadvantages. The good news is the pros outweigh the cons.

    Edelito Jr E. Mercene
    2016 – 89156
    STS THX

  27. Alvin Carandang, Jr. says:

    Cameras are means of documentation. They are used to capture different scenarios that may include portrait of ourselves, our family, and friends, beautiful and unforgettable places we’ve gone so far, business and research works, and so on, for future references and proof. Thus, cameras have been good and useful devices ever since and I think that they will never vanish in the future no matter how “high tech” they could be.

    However, there must be limitations. It is in our hands if we would badly use these devices. We could violate privacy of other people or their right not to be included in a picture and these would create trouble.

    Carandang, Alvin Jr. A.
    2013-20912
    WFX

  28. Dheza says:

    We have witnessed how the development and accessibility of cameras drastically influenced our lives. Aside from capturing memories and preserving history, it is also an important tool for the documentation of scientific researches. It has become an essential avenue for communicating and connecting the world through different lenses. However, just like any other technological innovations, abuse/improper use of cameras can also generate negative effects. It can be a tool for invasion of privacy, and distortion/manipulation of images. With this, I believe that the camera in its very essence is good for the society. The bad effects are determined/controlled by an external factor through the hands of the user.

    Dheza C. Penaranda
    2014-66772
    WFX

  29. Jerome Michael P. De Francia says:

    As said in the article, camera has truly changed the way of the world for it has been used for different things from our history up to the present. The importance of camera in our history focuses on the recording and archiving. On the other side, camera is used for business, occupation, or just for fun. However, one importance of camera is surveillance and policing, where everything we do is being captured by lens. The panoptic view of the camera lens has changed the way we do things. It is truly an innovation when camera was used in our everyday lives, whether analog or digital.

    Jerome Michael P. De Francia
    2014-22936
    STS THX

  30. Antero II H. Borja says:

    The article explains clearly the origin of our modern-day cameras, and how it has affected our lives. I agree to the last statement of the article on how it depends on the user whether the camera is for good or bad. An example of this is mentioned in the article: selfies. For one, it has been a good tool in documenting personal events and activities, but on the other hand, when excessively done, it can lead to harm.

    Antero II H. Borja
    2015-10954
    STS THX

  31. Cata Catacutan says:

    Similar to every technological innovation, the invention and progression of the camera made it possible to capture every moment in history. It is constantly being remodelled to be as convenient and as powerful as ever. The constant need for this technological advanced, has incorporated cameras to be more of a need in our society today. In turn, cameras constantly remodel not only our ways of documenting, but also shape our lifestyles and the very face of our generation.

    John Roybert P. Catacutan
    2014-61011
    STS THX

  32. Denille Condino says:

    For me, cameras have changed the world. We have to realize that the importance of it is in what it produces, and the fact that the discovery of this has contributed so much more in our society than we can imagine. Cameras aren’t just used for a simple record, but they are a part of us already. For example, a camera can be used to document events, capture moments, and preserve them. We get to keep all these memories, because they become personal, and they matter to us. Also, cameras have been a great way to provide visuals, a way for us to learn and communicate. Education has improved with the help of visuals, or photographs- through the usage of camera, visual learning has become a medium to education. Communication on the other hand, is something more. Because of cameras we have created a way to tell stories, share personal lives, or maybe even something we just found amazing/interesting. It gave way to connecting with other people to seeing things around the world we never even knew of. Without cameras we would not be able to do all of this and most of all, express ourselves, when words fail us. What would life be like if cameras were not invented? Boring probably.

    Although while (digital) cameras have become mainstream, and are now taken for granted because of how easy it is to access and use, we have to appreciate the fact that it has been a massive development for our society. It is just the way we, as humans, have to take responsibility for the way we use it. For good, or for bad. But I think, the pros outweigh the cons anyway.

    2015-89234
    Condino, Ma. Denille Millen E.
    STS THX

  33. Justin Yiu says:

    From the humble beginnings of the camera as the obscura to the digital cameras we see today, we see how technological development affects society as a whole. When once it could only be found in the hands of painters, now it can be found almost everywhere. The camera has had a profound impact on our society throughout the ages, for luminaries from many fields have been able to use the camera to improve their respective fields. Scientists, for example, were able to better understand the movements of animals by viewing them through the lens of a camera. While historians, on the other hand, were able to preserve numerous historical events by storing them in the form of pictures. However, aside from its use to benefit society, it can also used for detrimental purposes, such as harrassment or blackmail. Ultimately, it is up to the user to decide whether to use the camera for good or for evil purposes.

    Justin Yiu
    2013-13195
    STS WFX

  34. Cameras have changed the world, it has become an instrument of recording. The article itself discusses the development and history of cameras, for technology is subject to change. Cameras capturebimaves that immortalizws the specific instance or situation. It may also be a memorial or remembrance of the past, an anamnesis- a reminiscience, recalling. Also, it “immortalizes” time, for the frame that cameras capture the very element of time, it “actualizes” time. Every valuable moment of time can be treasured.

    In this era of postmodernism, one can day that cameras are being underestimated, ot has become a norm on almost every smartphone. It’s importance is being undervalued. Cameras have become necessary elements in our conscious realm.

    However, I bid to disagree on your point that “The answer whether it (cameras) is good or bad lies in the hand that wields it.” Textual analysis describes the content, structure, functions of the messages contained in a visual text. It is subject to diverse interpretations. It can be a powerful tool of onfluence for images speak for themselves. There is a vis-a-vis process wherein bias can be enforced. A picture can say a thousand words. It tells a story.The photographer just captures images in a specific angle not conprising the whole picture. However, it is only because images are captured by cameras depending on the intended purpose of the user. In the end, cameras do more positive effects than negative ones.

    Clifford C. Barizo, Jr.
    2015-02039
    STS WFX

  35. Kei Lopez says:

    Everything that was made by people has pros and cons. People are not perfect that’s why things people make are not perfect as well. And since cameras are also created by people, they also have pros and cons and they are not perfect. Cameras are now a big part of our lives and it helps people in some ways whether good or bad. I am mesmerized of what the camera has become but I am also excited of what a camera can still do over time. I am excited to see more developed and more beneficial cameras as it evolves over time.

    Lopez, Kei N.
    2015-08882
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  36. Gabriel Josef Gabito says:

    I honestly don’t thing our society will ever be as it is right now without cameras. For me, it’s an extremely pivotal tool that has a wide range of uses from the practicality that it possesses to the luxury that it delivers. Its widespread occurence can be attributed to its portability and accessibility. Almost anyone can literally have a camera and the things that a camera does have become a necessity to us.

    Sure it may have its downsides – not everything is fool-proof. But come to think of it, these downsides are mostly attributed to human consumption and how they are used. At the end of the day, cameras have serves humans in the best possible way and I’m only looking forward to how this technology further develops.

  37. Gabriel Josef Gabito says:

    I honestly don’t thing our society will ever be as it is right now without cameras. For me, it’s an extremely pivotal tool that has a wide range of uses from the practicality that it possesses to the luxury that it delivers. Its widespread occurence can be attributed to its portability and accessibility. Almost anyone can literally have a camera and the things that a camera does have become a necessity to us.

    Sure it may have its downsides – not everything is fool-proof. But come to think of it, these downsides are mostly attributed to human consumption and how they are used. At the end of the day, cameras have serves humans in the best possible way and I’m only looking forward to how this technology further develops.

    Gabriel Josef A. Gabito
    2015-10958
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  38. Cameras have changed the world, it has become an instrument of documentation. The article itself discusses the development and history of cameras, for technology is subject to change. Cameras capture images that immortalizes the specific instance or situation. It may also be a memorial or remembrance of the past, an anamnesis- a reminiscence, recalling. Also, it “immortalizes” time, for the frame that cameras capture is the very element of time, it “actualizes” time. Every valuable moment of time can be treasured.

    In this era of postmodernism, one can say that cameras are being underestimated, it has become a norm on almost every smartphone. Its importance is being undervalued. Cameras have become necessary elements in our conscious realm.

    However, I bid to disagree on your point that “the answer whether it (cameras) is good or bad lies in the hand that wields it.” Textual analysis describes the content, structure, functions of the messages contained in a visual text. It is subject to diverse interpretations. It can be a powerful tool of influence for images speak for themselves. There is a vis-a-vis process wherein bias and prejudice can be enforced and incorporated. A picture can say a thousand words. It tells a story. The photographer just captures images in a specific angle not conprising the whole picture. However, it is only because images are captured by cameras depending on the intended purpose of the user. In the end, cameras do more positive effects than negative ones.

    Clifford C. Barizo, Jr.
    2015-02039
    STS WFX
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  39. Camille Rose Abundo says:

    The ability to capture and preserve a moment through visual images made by a camera has long since created a deep impact on our daily lives, to which at an extent, for me, is one of the best innovations in our society. However, the answer to the question whether the camera is good or bad depends on how the image created is used. Simply put, I believe that as technology continues to rise and progress, it also entails a responsibility for each and everyone of us to not let the power of capturing an image through the camera lead to the destruction of others.

    ABUNDO, Camille Rose S.
    2015-14180
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  40. Camille Rose Abundo says:

    The ability to capture and preserve a moment through visual images made by a camera has long since created a deep impact on our daily lives, to which at an extent, for me, is one of the best innovations in our society. However, the answer to the question whether the camera is good or bad depends on how the image created is used. Simply put, I believe that as technology continues to rise and progress, it also entails a responsibility for each and everyone of us to not let the power of capturing an image through the camera lead to the destruction of others.

    ABUNDO, Camille Rose S.
    2015-14180
    STS THX

  41. Across time, cameras have been proven to be both good and bad. Good in such a way that it helps in propagating our culture and scientific advancements. It also portrayed a role in documenting memories for us to have a tangible product of the moment. On the other hand, it was proven to have a bad effect when it was used against the privacy of other people. The power of technology truthfully lies on the hands of its user. For one to harness the positive effects, one must know the bounds and limitations of such.

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    Delos Reyes, Jason S.
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  42. Rommel Araga says:

    This article about the camera – its humble beginnings to its ‘effects’ – is a very interesting read. To read about the history of such an ubiquitous object, which we can utilize through a swipe (phone cameras), and how it came to be is very fascinating as we would usually take these things for granted.

    In this case, I would just like to add the responsibility of having a camera, which is also an aspect that we usually overlook. In this day and age of social media, where blogs and websites that propagate fake news through misinterpretation, blatant lies and conjectures, etc., we must remain to look at things at a bigger picture. To accurately convey an original message, we must not only concern ourselves with parts that are favorable to us; rather, we should take the idea/message as it is, and this is very much applicable on how we use our cameras.

    Rommel S.J. Araga
    2015 – 05684
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  43. Leanne Caryl E. Publico says:

    In the advent of technology, the camera has evolved so much from being a huge box where multiple people have to carry it from one place to another to being digital and a pocketable device with tons of storage to store photos. Today, people would not hesitate taking more than 200 photos with their smartphone in any moment. Photography has become cheap and almost effortless nowadays which means we should also be careful in sharing these photos especially in the Internet. It has become so easy that, sometimes, people don’t think of its intrinsic value. Having cameras in our pockets may have changed the way people experience life and how they see things– human memory is still something that cannot be replaced by cameras, but cameras may still make the memory more vivid.

  44. Keith B. Monreal says:

    I think the convenience and benefits of using cameras outweigh the negative implications that cameras bring us. Although photographs captured by cameras can be used for irresponsible media publicity to manipulate the minds of the audience, photographs can also be used to disseminate valuable information conveniently. Photographs can also be used to relive moments and make it timeless. Also, using camera and sharing photographs excessively can be detrimental to one’s security and privacy. But surveillance cameras for establishments are great tools for securing properties and for crime investigations. Truly, that in any aspect, the effects of the uses of cameras lie only on the man behind the camera and its audience.

    Keith B. Monreal
    2015-13151
    STS WFX

  45. Karen Pattaui says:

    It is interesting how cameras evolved through time and how it helped in recording different events both in the past and in the present. It is no doubt that cameras have changed our lives. It made capturing our cherished moments easier, it made scientists see what is inside our bodies through endoscope, it also made us see what is outside our planet. In short, almost all things can be captured by cameras.

    I agree with what the author said that the decision on whether cameras are good or bad lies in our hands. Maybe, for now, we are completely enjoying its use and cannot think of any disadvantages of these technologies, but who knows? Maybe in the future, this technology will be our worst enemies (see Black Mirror ‘Shut Up and Dance’ Episode for reference).

    Karen Joyce Pattaui
    2014-23691
    STS THX

  46. Patricia Felise Perez says:

    I think that there is no weapon more powerful or more feared in the digital sphere than the camera. The person who wields the camera has the capacity to take incriminating photos (like in the case of Hontiveros vs Aguirre), capture events that are private in nature, thereby having the capability to manipulate the subjects in said private event, or even take a snapshot or video of a wrongdoing seen in public and share it to the world wide web. But these are just a few of examples of the kind of power a camera can have over people, ordinary or in positions of power. Another thing to note is that cameras are everywhere. So it really makes a person wonder why there are still so many bad things people do in the real world even though there’s a chance that so many eyes are already watching.

  47. Maj Domingo says:

    The advancement of today’s camera technology has made it easier for almost anyone to capture even the most trivial occurrences of their daily life. While this may have lead to a subculture of trying to keep up with a certain image or material attachment, it has also, perhaps ironically, paved the way for determining the truth in current events. Cameras have made high-profile persons, from celebrities to politicians, more liable for their actions as they can always simply be photographed or videotaped. Anyone with a smartphone can easily report illegal activity or issues by taking a photo and uploading it online. And this is besides the role it has played in globalization and making the world a smaller place and, its contribution to the entertainment industry as we know it today.

    Majella Cayley J. Domingo
    2013-14763
    STS THX

  48. Sharmaine Elaydo says:

    Without the camera, capturing or describing a moment would take a lot of time to do and and doing so might not be perfect enough to describe that moment. Personally, I find cameras very helpful especially in practical uses such as taking pictures of notes on the board, etc. Dealing with things is made easier and quicker.

    As for the question whether it’s good or bad, I don’t think the camera deserves to be labeled that way. It is about the intention of using the camera and/or how the images formed are handled by the ‘people’.

    Sharmaine Elaydo
    2013-30835
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  49. Pia Magaoay says:

    Cameras, like the other invented technology, both has its own disadvantages and advantages. For one, camera can be use to preserve a memory. On the other hand, once gets abused, cameras turn to something detrimental. It is undeniable that camera has been integrated in our lives ever since. People nowadays take selfies to preserve memories, to capture moments they want to treasure or to track changes on one’s physical bodies.. The bottomline of the article basically suggests user responsibility over technology – such as how we use our cameras.

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    Magaoay, Pia Pollaine P.
    STS THX

  50. Marielle Samson says:

    The invention and development of the camera contributed a lot to the progression of human society. Records of the past are important for identity building and historical education. One way to create such records is through capturing images using the camera. In the field of medicine, surgical cameras are being used. Cameras also play a big role in security and in entertainment. The creation of cameras opened a lot of possibilities for human society to thrive. However, like all other technological advancements, when abused, cameras can become dangerous. Portrayal of false and inappropriate images can destroy peace and order. Therefore, people must practice responsible and correct usage of cameras to avoid creating conflicts.

    2014-30403
    Samson, Marielle F.
    STS THX

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