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Is photography magic...how can pointing a light-catching object in plastic, result in the image being on paper or a screen?

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  • Verity
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It certainly seemed that way in 1839, when a certain Mr. Cornelius (NOT 

    Paris Hilton), took the first "Selfie".

  • 1 month ago

    When your photo is taken your soul will be taken as well!!!

  • 1 month ago

    Within the context of a lack or education or understanding:

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” - Arthur C. Clarke. 

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Photography, in relation to your question, is science. Physics explains how the image is captured and how it appears on screen. Chemistry provides the concepts of the image being transferred to paper. 

    In case you still insist on magic, most magical tricks are based on physics and chemistry, meant to fool or distract the audience.

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  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The answer depends upon whether you're talking about traditional or digital photography.

    I'd encourage you to search the web for a more encompassing answer.

    Film photography - Light-sensitive materials is applied to film and then after it's been exposed, the film is processed to reveal the image captured.  Printing is basically the same process.

    Digital photography - individual pixels are exposed to light coming from the lens. Pixels are either red, green or blue and depending upon how much light strikes them during an exposure, they'll produce a charge saved within a capacitor built into them.  The camera then retrieves the measured voltage from each of the r/g/b pixels and through various algorithms it can then convert the signal into an image.

    Seems like magic, but it's simply physics.

  • qrk
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    To the ignorant, it is magic.

    To the educated, they understand the process uses concepts from the sciences and a tiny bit of magic.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It is not magic. It is science and technology. Science tells us how light works, and technology such as lenses and light sensitive chemicals or image sensors allows us to capture light and convert it into something else that can be seen by us, for example, technology allows us to turn the light into chemical reactions or into information that can be stored magnetically in a digital file in a memory card. More technology allows the chemicals to be processed into a photograph or to turn the information file into an image on screen. 

  • 1 month ago

    Nothing is "magic". It is simply technology. You watch tv don't you? Is it "magic" that image information is sent from hundreds of miles above the earth from a satellite and displays on a tv screen? Is it "magic" that you can stick a key in a device called a car and it take you thousands of miles? Is it "magic" that you can talk or text with anyone in the world from a little piece of plastic called a cell phone? Science continually advances itself. If you want to know HOW something works, then study to become an engineer or enter into the field of design and research at a company such as Canon. But there is no "magic" in it all. 

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