It was much more difficult
to take photographs during the years
of Queen Victoria's reign.
The cameras were very large and heavy.
The body of the camera was made of wood, usually mahogany, and the fittings
and screws were made of brass.
Because the camera was so heavy and it took much longer than today to
capture an image, the supports for the camera also had to be very strong
to keep everything still while the picture was being taken.
The people who were being photographed had to keep very
still too ! That is why many Victorian pictures of groups of
children at school have one or two blurred faces because somebody moved
before the photographer has finished !