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Categories: Society / Culture   |   Chemistry   |   Physics   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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Andrew uses a Victorian era camera to demonstrate the full process of photography from setting up the camera to exposing the photographic paper.

Of course, it wouldn't be Andrew Szydlo without an explosion, so of course some magnesium flash powder is used in lieu of a light bulb.

00:13 - A tour of a Victorian camera
06:00 - Photographic media
12:09 - Setting up
14:04 - Magnesium flash powder
17:50 - Setting the scene
21:00 - Focusing
23:55 - Taking the photo
24:30 - Exposing the photograph
29:50 - Final result and conclusions

Andrew Szydlo is a chemist and secondary school teacher at Highgate School, well-loved by pupils and Ri attendees alike. He has given public lectures around the country, been featured on TV shows and has become a popular regular face on our channel.

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