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Part II: Techniques Unlimited > Scenic Photography

Chapter 7. Scenic Photography

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The history of scenic photography is as old as photography itself. The first known permanent photograph, taken in 1826 by French chemist Nicéphore Niépce, is a view of the courtyard outside his laboratory. Because early photographs required exposures that were extremely long (Niépce’s scenic required an eight-hour time exposure in full daylight), stationary subjects like trees and mountains were perfect pictorial fodder. When early photographers weren’t strapping our ancestors into chairs for painfully tedious portraits, they were creating scenic photographs.


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