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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, the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry camp on Belle Plain, Va., is pictured in March 1862, three weeks before the Battle of Chancellorsville, Civil War. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)


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