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Civil War photographs

Long shutter-speeds were required to take photographs during the Civil War which meant photographers often required subjects to pose for shots or they captured distant subjects that made any subject blurring less noticeable. Exposures could be as long as 10-30 seconds.

In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, Gen. George Custer stands for a portrait some time between 1860 to 1865. Location is unknown. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)


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