camera obscura

cam·​era ob·​scu·​ra | \ ˈkam-rə-əb-ˈskyu̇r-ə How to pronounce camera obscura (audio) , ˈka-mə-rə- \

Definition of camera obscura

: a darkened enclosure having an aperture usually provided with a lens through which light from external objects enters to form an image of the objects on the opposite surface

Examples of camera obscura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How these images were made: John Chiara built a large camera obscura, mounted it on a trailer, and drove it to various locations. Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, "Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet," 13 Oct. 2020 Porter was a prolific inventor and is credited with dozens of inventions, including a flying ship, a portable camera obscura, a rotary plow, and more. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The Eclectic Works of Scientific American's Founder Rufus Porter," 1 Feb. 2020 Based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci, the camera obscura uses sunlight and mirrors to project 360-degree views of the surrounding beaches. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "This San Francisco hike offers nature, history — and unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge," 28 Feb. 2020 But Morell is well-known for another distinctive photographic approach: camera obscura, a technique that captures inverted views projected through a pinhole onto a surface in a darkened room. National Geographic, "Tired of giving his wife flowers, a photographer created something new," 7 Jan. 2020 All photography dates back to an ancient optical effect known as the camera obscura, in which inverted images of external scenes or objects form on a white surface within a darkened chamber. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles," 12 June 2019 Photography Workshop Participants will focus on camera obscura and cyanotypes. Houston Chronicle, "On the go: Pub crawls and Vince Young signs autographs," 3 July 2018 He was inspired by friends who made exact drawings using a camera obscura—a dark room with a small hole in one side, which projects an inverted image of the outside view onto the opposite wall. The Economist, "Retro photography is in vogue," 2 June 2018 Obscurus Projectum Sandra Gibson, and Luis Recoder, art installation involving large-scale camera obscura. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kids listings," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of camera obscura

1716, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camera obscura

New Latin, literally, dark chamber

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“Camera obscura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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