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Different Types of Photos Explained

Over the years, since photography was invented and evolved, there have been different formats. You might have different variations lying around at home such as photo albums, a box full of negatives, or your pictures hanging on the wall. Here’s a quick history lesson and a few facts about the different types of photos.

Print Photos

Back in the late 1820s, a French inventor named Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first official photograph. Since then, photography has progressed and developed in more ways than one. For example in the 1870s, the gelatin silver process. This process was invented by Richard Leach Maddox with substantial improvements made by Charles Harper Bennett.


In 1948 the polaroid hit the market and it was a tremendous hit because people could take photos and not have to wait to get their film developed. They’d get their photos almost instantly.  Polaroids were invented by an American inventor and scientist called Edwin H. Land. He is the co-founder of the polaroid company


Negative are those little brown strips of film that usually come with your developed prints. Those are where developed prints come from. For all you know you might have a box of negatives that haven’t been developed and if you do, who knows what kind of precious memories you’ll discover and unlock when you do get them developed. Joseph Nicephore Niepce also invented negatives in the 1820s. Now, this technology has advanced so that you can digitise negatives.


Slides (also known as transparencies) were introduced in the 1930s, – they were predominantly used in 35mm film cameras. They were also a big hit at academic facilities as they used slide projectors a lot. 35mm as a format was popularised by amateur photographers.

The first SLR35 mm camera was invented in 1936 by Oskar Barnack 

Digital Photos

Can you believe digital photos have been around since the 1950s? Today it feels like a new concept that would’ve come in during the very early 2000s but not at all!

In 1957 the first digital photo (which was black and white at the time) was put through a computer by a man called Russel Kirsch – it must have been an amazing day. Nowadays, digital photography and prints are almost synonymous.

Digital photography has been taken over from our smartphones nowadays. On an everyday basis, this is how we seamlessly document memories and it’s a core part of our society in this day and age of social media.

Why Not Digitise Your Old Photos?

Do you own any of the photos and photographic formats that we’ve listed above? Why not get them digitised now to safeguard them for the future and let your memories live on for many years to come.

Unfortunately, old photographs tend to seriously deteriorate over time especially when they haven’t been stored correctly. Now’s the time to consider this important step in your life. So, don’t delay! Digitise your old photos to preserve and enjoy your family’s precious memories for many years to come!

Where can I get my old photos digitised?

Here at Supaphoto, we offer affordable and efficient photo and album scanning, so you don’t have to worry about losing your precious photos to decay. We can put them onto a memory stick, SD card, DVD, or even a digital file that we can email to you!