pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \fə-ˈtä-grə-fē \

Definition of photography 

: the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (such as film or an optical sensor)

Examples of photography in a Sentence

He studied both film and still photography. Landscape photography is her hobby.

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The photography is excellent throughout, with a lot of shots that are clearly intended to highlight specific aspects of the Shibuya setting. Sam Byford, The Verge, "428: Shibuya Scramble is the best crime book you’ll ever read on your PS4," 12 Oct. 2018 One by one, motorists stopped within shooting distance of a bear or wolf or bison, snapped some photos and went on their way to the next photography bottleneck. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 For example, the company once arranged a hot-air balloon trip in the Grand Tetons for a photography buff, starting at one particularly photogenic bend in the road. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 All my experience with fashion and photography has given me a very special feeling for aesthetics. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Simonetta Gianfelici, Model Turned Talent Scout, On What It Was Like Working With Helmut Newton, Thierry Mugler, and Vivienne Westwood," 12 July 2018 Both the music and the photography facilities would be available for by other area groups. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange planners raise parking concerns over proposed fine arts center on Cossitt Avenue," 12 July 2018 Maurice Mays has always been a shy kid, choosing to focus on his love of art, creative writing and photography. Tiana Headley, miamiherald, "He’s always loved art. Through this program, he got to meet a museum head," 11 July 2018 Authorities are investigating a Thursday night fire at a vacant photography studio near the Wyandotte-Southgate border. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Fire destroys vacant photo studio and apartments in Wyandotte," 6 July 2018 The downstairs, a former bocce pizza and martini bar, has been converted into a colorful work area and hangout venue with special photography exhibitions and artwork. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Endiro Coffee in Aurora," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of photography

: the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera


pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \fə-ˈtä-grə-fē \

Kids Definition of photography

: the making of pictures by means of a camera that directs the image of an object onto a surface that is sensitive to light

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