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Top 10’s of Photography: Ultimate List

Photography can get too serious and technical sometimes and it’s good to have a little bit of light relief to remind us of the fun and joy it should bring to our lives.

So that’s why we’ve researched and compiled some fun facts and interesting lists all about the world of photography.

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Most Expensive Cameras in the World

1. Leica O-Series – $2,800,000
2. Original Daguerreotype – $793,000
3. Gold Plater Leica Luxus II – $620,000
4. Hasselblad Space Camera – $281,000
5. Hasselblad H5D – $48,000
6. Diamond Canon IXUS (One Off Exclusive) – $40,000
7. Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic – $40,000
8. PhaseOne XF IQ3 – $32,000
9. Leica S – $27,500
10. Mamiya Leaf Credo – $19,000

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Most Expensive Photographs Ever

1. Andreas Gursky – Rhein II (1999) $4,338,500
2. Richard Prince – Spiritual America (1981) $3,973,000
3. Cindy Sherman – Untitled #96 (1981) $3,890,500
4. Gilbert & George – To Her Majesty (1973) $3,765,276
5. Jeff Wall – Dead Troops Talk (1992) $3,666,500
6. Andreas Gursky – 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001) $3,346,456
7. Andreas Gursky – Chicago Board of Trade III (1999-2000) $3,298,755
8. Richard Prince – Untitled (Cowboy) (2000) $3,077,000
9. Cindy Sherman – Untitled Film Still #48 (1979) $2,965,000
10. Edward Steichen – The Pond—Moonlight (1904) $2,928,000

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Image: Andreas Gursky – Rhein II (1999) 

10 Most Popular Photo Landmarks

1. Disneyland (Anaheim, US)
2. Times Square (New York, US)
3. Central Park (New York, US)
4. Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
5. Big Ben (London, UK)
6. Sydney Harbour (Sydney, AUS)
7. Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
8. Brooklyn Bridge (New York, US)
9. Taj Mahal (Akra, India)
10. Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas, US)

Milestones in the History of Photography

1. Nicephore Niepce – First person to ‘fix’ an image with a camera (mid 1820).
2. Louis Daguerre – Niepce’s assistant who went on to develop the first photographic process (1839).
3. Robert Cornelius – Took the first-ever portrait and self-portrait simultaneously (1839).
4. Edmond Becquerel – Demonstrated the first colour photograph (1848).
5. George Eastman – Commercialised and popularised the creation of shooting on chemical film (1884).
6. Russell A. Kirsch – Led a team at the National Institute of Standards & Technology to create the first image captured digitally (1957).
7. Bryce Bayer – As part of Kodak, develops the Bayer filter mosaic pattern for CCD colour image sensors (1975).
8. Tim Berners-Lee – The first man to upload a picture to the internet (1992).

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10 Popular Photographers to Follow Online

Most Popular Photography Hashtags

1. #wedding (78m)
2. #landscape (54m)
3. #landscapephotography (39m)
4. #wildlife (9.2m)
5. #landscapelover (5m)
6. #portraitphotography (3.5m)
7. #portraiture (2.2m)
8. #fashionphotographer (1.3m)
9. #sportsphotographer(1.1m)
10. (don’t forget #iPhotography of course)

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7 Top Confusing Photography Terms

1. Aperture – A lot of beginners get stuck in the thinking that the bigger the f/stop number (ie. F/22) then the bigger the aperture hole. Wrong, it’s the other way around.

2. Al-Servo – This is Canon’s continuous autofocus system that will track a moving subject, sometimes confused with standard AF which doesn’t naturally track movement.

3. Exposure Compensation – Gives a little boost to your camera’s exposure without changing aperture, shutter speed or ISO. Look for the +/- button in your camera menu.

4. Light Metering – There are two types of exposure metering. Incidental metering means the camera reads the light levels landing directly on a subject. Reflective metering reads only the light reaching the camera bouncing off a subject.

5. Crop Factor – Some cameras have reduced-sized sensors meaning they are ‘cropped’ down from a full-frame. Sometimes they may be 1.5x smaller or more. Crop factor will affect your field of view and your lens’s true focal length.

6. Camera Shake – When you’re using a slow shutter speed (1/30th and slower) and during the exposure, your camera wobbles it can blur the shot but it’s not intentional. This is why we always say to use a tripod at slow speeds.

7. Dynamic Range – This describes the ratio between the maximum and minimum measurable light intensities from black (shadows) to white (bright light). The wider the range the more detail can be seen in an image, which is also referred to as High Dynamic Range (HDR).

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10 Films About Photography

1. One Hour Photo (2002) – Robin Williams stars in this dark psychological thriller about a photo technician in a supermarket who is consumed by the lives on one particular family.

2. Memento (2000) – Directed by Christopher Nolan, this thriller documents the amnesia of a man who can only recall his past using an intricate system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos.

3. Pecker (1998) – Edward Furlong stars a Pecker, a young kid obsessed with taking pictures of anything and everything. It gives him a fast track to stardom and all the perils that come with fame.

4. Kodachrome (2017) – Featured on Netflix, Kodachrome depicts the story of a father and son trying to reconnect on a road trip to develop one of the last roles of Kodak film before processing stops forever.

5. Rear Window (1954) – Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is about a wheelchair-bound photographer who spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed a murder.

6. Blow-Up (1966) – A London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

7. City of God (2002) – In the slums of Rio, two kids’ paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other an underworld kingpin.

8. Under Fire (1983) – Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.

9. Delirious (2006) – An offbeat drama starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi.

10. Distant (2002) – After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin’s visit.


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