pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce photography (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Thanks [Washington Post] for your article promoting & advertising my donation page urging Pelosi to stop her political games w/ beautiful black & white photography! Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "‘We’ve had a huge morning’: Elise Stefanik thanks Washington Post for article condemning her fundraising efforts," 9 Jan. 2020 For registration and more information, visit On Jan. 23, visit the Sudbury Senior Center for jazz, moving images, and vintage photography. Stefania Lugliand Meghan Sorensen,, "Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating a 100-year-old theater," 8 Jan. 2020 So Paschall added photography to his list of tasks. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis' hip-hop scene soars in new airport photo exhibition," 7 Jan. 2020 Also on Tuesday, O'Neil ordered that only still photography will be allowed during the ethics proceedings and witnesses may not be photographed at all. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Judge will not release Juan Martinez sexual harassment investigation records," 7 Jan. 2020 The 20 posters have been created by 19 artists in fields ranging from painting, graphic design and photography. Washington Post, "Avant-garde posters unveiled as Tokyo Olympics near," 6 Jan. 2020 While staging, professional photography and a website dedicated to the listing are all important marketing tools, hosting a series of open houses offers agents a way to directly engage potential buyers and future clients., "Realtors: Times change, importance of open houses doesn’t," 6 Jan. 2020 All that time also makes it a great place to try your hand at photography normally outside your wheelhouse. Jeanette D. Moses, Popular Science, "Six photography projects to try in the new year," 31 Dec. 2019 Archaeologists have used aerial photography since the 1930s, but widely available satellite imagery now enables researchers to discover new sites and monitor existing ones at risk. Elizabeth Sawchuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Are Unearthing the Stories of the Past Faster Than Ever Before," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Photography.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce photography (audio) \

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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