Camera Evolution Explained In 11 Portraits

The guys at COOPH just published an interesting and fun short video showing how the same model looks when shot with different cameras from different time periods and with appropriate looks.

The following “historical” journey was done by COOPH photographer Leo Rosas and it looks at the evolution of the camera & portrait through the last two (maybe more) centuries. One shoot, one model (sometimes with a number of images) and some appropriate music to go along with the images.

Here are the cameras in order of appearance:

  • Pinhole
  • Daguerrotype
  • Calotype
  • Ambrotype
  • Leica 35mm
  • Polaroid
  • Lomography
  • Disposable
  • SLR
  • DSLR
  • Smartphone

COOPH are known for having really cool DIY and other videos. Earlier this year we published their video entitled “8 Cool DIY Smartphone Photography Tips“, “7 Cool and Funky Photography Tips, “6 Cool DIY Photography Gifts that You Can Make Yourself“, 7 Simple DIY Hacks that Will Help you Improve Your Photography and just before that 7 DIY Photography Tips – Using Inexpensive Household Objects – both of which we highly recommend if you are into DIY and photography.

You can also check out many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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