This is an activity and art or process of creating moving or still pictures by basically recording radiation on a radiation sensitive medium, such as an electronic sensor or a photographic film. Photography as an activity has professionals such as Frederick Scott and processes such as Ambrotype that we are majorly going to discuss through out the essay.
The ambrotype process is the process by which a negative that is very thin and under-exposed is placed in front of a dark background and the image that comes out appears like a positive. This happens because the silver reflects light preventing the areas without silver from becoming black. The main principle behind this process is having the picture known as collodion positives. The process took effect in the eighteen fifty's and was valid up to the end of the eighteen eighties. This process was invented by Scott and Fry.
Direct positives were made by exposing collodion on glass, negative having it bleached and then placing it on a black background that in most cases was black velvet (The Library of Congress, 2). The process resembles the Daguerreotypes process but differ only because of the method of production. The process is interesting because of many reasons such as: less time of exposure was needed, the process of production was cheap and quick, the products could be viewed at any angle unlike the products of previous products such as those of Daguerreotypes and also the negatives could be mounted the other way as there were no lateral inversions.
This is an example of a photograph with a good balance of light the image is clear as one can figure out the moods the photographed was in during the time of the action (The Library of Congress, 4). One can also be able to predict the time the photograph was taken.