photography

noun
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 jaw-dropping photography is reason enough to buy this 400-page doorstop, but its 250-plus recipes more than follow through. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Over 4,000 students a year enroll in programs such as carpentry, ceramics, photography, and more. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 As part of the story, Goldberg hired John Edwin Mason, a University of Virginia professor specializing in the history of photography and the history of Africa, to examine how the magazine pushed readers toward racist stereotypes and tropes. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "National Geographic’s November cover falls back on a racist cliché," 1 Nov. 2018 Buildings and physical specimens are terrifyingly vulnerable to loss, and that’s why many museums around the world have started digitizing as much of their collections as possible with photography and 3D scans. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient skull found among debris in burned Brazilian museum," 25 Oct. 2018 From [food] economists and photography and people donating their time and energy, even on the event today, to see this happen. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Gives Her First Public Speech as a Royal at Her Cookbook Launch," 20 Sep. 2018 Researchers have documented her severe weight loss by drone photography and close-range visual inspection. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Concerns grow for young orca’s life as it struggles to swim with family in Salish Sea," 3 Sep. 2018 The recipes and photography are inspirational but not at all intimidating, and while there are new ideas and fun flavor combinations, absent are the 16-page treatises on how to construct a towering croquembouche or make croissants from scratch. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 That work included a 3D laser scan of the tomb along with painstaking cleaning, sketching, and photography. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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photography

noun

English Language Learners Definition of photography

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

photography

noun
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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