There are plenty of everyday devices that make our lives easier: keyboards have eliminated hand cramps suffered from too much writing, Nespresso machines give us an almost instant pick-me-up when the 2:30pm feeling hits, headphones, even newfangled wireless ones, let us listen to our favorite songs from anywhere. But while these devices help us work faster, work longer, and work on the go, few devices actually enrich our lives the way a camera does.

Cameras are extensions of ourselves: they let us see the world through another lens; they add context to our stories; they let us capture and retrieve memories easily. This intimate connection with our own humanity is what makes cameras a timeless invention and a staple in our everyday lives. Whether you’re a pro, an amateur, or even the (self-professed) “least photogenic person in the world,” you’ve no doubt been happy to have a camera around as life’s little moments unfold before you.

Here are images of people taking pictures — under the sea, on top of mountains, from the sky, in the surf, on the turf — accompanied by the the beloved cameras that let these moments last forever.

Tell us about the first camera you ever loved — how did it enrich your life and what moments did it help you capture? Share in the comments below or tweet us @Shutterstock.

Reporter Antonia Hoyle Tests Out A Series Of Underwater Cameras To See Which Takes The Best Underwater Selfie. Antonia With All The Cameras.
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Photographer captures picture of Pacific manta (Manta hamiltoni)
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Photographer's video lights illuminate an opening in the Papa Doc shipwreck
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Group of photographers taking photos at dawn of Zabriskie Point, Death Valley NP, CA, USA – ©Paul Edmondson / Offset
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Sky Bet Championship 2015/16 Playoffs Final Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, United Kingdom - 28 May 2016
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Male photographer photographing rural river
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Stanley Jeeves Former Member Of The Daily Mail Himalayan Expedition With His Cine Camera Aboard The Sunrose. The Daily Mail Led A Trip Called The Snowman Expedition In 1954 To Everest.

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Photographer Stanley Jeeves For Story By Daily Mail Journalist Ralph Izzard.

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Nikon Camera Used By Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau In Its Search For The Monster.

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Sydney Cowan 24 Wife Of Society Photographer John Cowan Plans To Take Her Camera With Her Into Hospital To Capture The Birth Of Her First Child

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Canadian Timber Wolf Cubs With A Camera At Port Lympne Zoo In Kent.

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Model Poses With Cameras 1985.

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Herbert Mason (bert Mason) Daily Mail Photographer

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Jean Simmons (died January 2010) Is The Winner Of The 1950 Daily Mail National Film Award

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Selina Scott – Tv Presenter – 1988 Picture Desk

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Mp Tony Benn Pictured Using A Kodak Pocket Camera As He Arrives To Take Up His Seat At The House Of Commons With Party Supporters.

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FILM STILLS OF ‘SUGARLAND EXPRESS’ WITH 1974, GOLDIE HAWN, HOLD THAT POSE (CAMERAS), STEVEN SPIELBERG IN 1974

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Craig Stevens Visits Leica Cameras
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W.a.a.f. In Training. Testing An Aerial Camera.

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Group of photographers taking picture with cameras

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Woman operating movie camera

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DIANA ROSS – 1995

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PROMOTION OF EYE TESTS
ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND EYE HEALTH CAMPAIGN, BRITAIN – 1997

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FORMATION SKYDIVING BRITISH RECORD ATTEMPT

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Josh Harris with his girl friend Tonya with miniature cameras that he’s using to wire his loft (loftcam), America – 11/10/00
COUPLE WHO HAVE INSTALLED WEBCAMS IN THEIR HOME – AMERICA

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A male giant panda “Ri Ri” is seen at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on Friday, April 1, 2011, on the first day its appearance with a fellow female panda “Shin Shin”, not seen, to the public.

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A Policeman Takes A Picture With A Kodak Disposable Camera Outside Buckingham Palace On The Final Day Of Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.

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THE CHEEKY GIRLS ATTEND THE ELITE OF THE NIGHT TIME PHOTOGRAPHERS CHRISTMAS PARTY IN MAYFAIR, LONDON, BRITAIN – 17 DEC 2004

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Olive Burnell-molyneux Tries Out Her Fisher Price Camera.