Old-Time Photo Shoot for Up to 10 with One 8"x10" Print at Busters Old Time Photos (87% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Dress up in garb from the past before posing with up to 10 friends for an 8"x10" sepia-toned photo

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Includes 8x10 photo! Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

Gentlemen and ladies don attire from the 1880s ranging from the tattered coat of an outlaw to a beautiful corset or gown. Age-appropriate attire is also available for children. Once dressed, participants wield props such as telescopes and pirate swords while posing in front of a camera. Each group will receive one 8"x10" print to share.

Early Photography: Portraits of Invisible People

Photography is a modern marvel whose roots stretch back nearly 200 years. Check out our guide to the world's first exposure to photography—the daguerreotype.

Before JPEGs, before flimsy Polaroids, before even black-and-white prints on cardboard stock, the earliest practical photography method—called the daguerreotype, after its inventor, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre—could only capture images on a heavy metal plate. To take a picture, the photographer first had to coat a copper plate in silver, then cover it again with a vapor of bromide or halide. The combined chemicals formed photosensitive crystals on the surface of the plate, which was then placed into a camera and exposed to the subject. Doing so imprinted a latent image, invisible to the naked eye. To make it materialize, a treatment of mercury vapor washed the bromide or halide from the portions of the plate that received the most light, leaving only silver particles in the image's highlights. A dip into a fixer dissolved the silver from the less-exposed areas, and the resulting highlights and shadows formed a clear image of a family or a fruit bowl with a top hat.

One day in 1838, Daguerre tested his invention by pointing his camera over a busy Parisian boulevard. The result was a crisp, richly detailed portrait of city life, with only one thing missing: life. Since daguerreotypes required exposure times of 10–15 minutes, the camera never captured the people and wealthy horses that bustled along the street, making the City of Lights look more like a ghost town. One man, however, did stand still long enough to appear. He was getting his shoe shined, and his bent knee shows up clearly among the shadows of trees behind him. Doubtless, the polish on the man’s shoes quickly scuffed and faded, but the polished silver plate endures as the earliest known photographic image of a person.

Customer Reviews

This guys in Buster's Old Time Photo were great! We had our family in town and had a ball with the whole experience. Will do it again the next time more family come to town.
Sharon · February 5, 2014
Skip was fun and professional. Thank you for a great experience!
Elissa W. · January 15, 2014
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