Oldstagramme Turns Your Computer Into A 19th Century Photography Studio

Say “Cheese”… for approximately 10 minutes.

In the age of burst mode smartphone cameras and instant photo editing and sharing, it’s hard to imagine the amount of sheer patience that was once required to take and develop a photograph. But in the early days of daguerrotype, the pioneering photographic technique, portrait subjects had to sit still for fifteen minutes to allow enough light exposure to produce a fixed image. Daguerrotype studios came complete with head clamps to hold customers in place; one reason for the ubiquitous early-photography “frown” is that keeping a smile still for the 10-60 seconds required by later daguerrotype cameras was difficult.

Now, with Oldstagramme, you can turn your computer into an 1840s photography studio. The web application syncs with your webcam to take a long-exposure photo of you; as it progresses, you can literally see the edges of your face and eyes blur in real time. Helpfully, unlike the cameras of the 19th century, you can stop your Oldstagram at any time. And you might want to, because anything over about a minute and a half yields a horrifying Ring photo. So, say cheee… cheeee… cheeee…. cheeeee… eeeeee… well, you get the idea.

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Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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