Ladybird Tuesday: ‘How it Works’ The Camera


Some vintage Ladybird books really do show their age more than others and that's the case with The Camera. Photography has changed so much over the years due to advances in technology, although the basic physics behind it remain the same.


'How it Works' The Camera was first published in 1970 as part of series 654 and aims to take the reader through everything from what the basic components of a camera are (or were in 1970), the physics of light and lenses, how cameras focus, depth of field and how cameras use film to capture an image.



What I find particularly interesting to see in this book is a page on instant photographs and an explanation of how a Polaroid camera works – although at the time there were only black and white Polaroid pictures.


The last section of the book is all on cine-cameras as video cameras were at the time. How things have advanced since then!


But what a wonderful look at the past. Quite how my children will react when they come to read this in years to come will be fascinating. Whilst I can remember camera technology as it is in this book, the first cameras they have ever seen are digital ones.

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