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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Explore West in Ansel Adams exhibition, learn about photography and make work of art to take home. Luann Gibbs,, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 Now In Toronto, the there three of us handled almost all of the tasks from editorial to photography and hiring. Stephanie Mark, Time, "The Boss: I Launched a Hugely Successful Digital Media Company With No Business Plan," 28 June 2018 Originally built as a family home and photography studio, this 1,600-square-foot residence occupies the infill plot sitting under a 19th-century viaduct with still-active trains running above it. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sculptural steel home built into a 19th-century railway bridge wants $1.4M," 9 July 2018 Many of them have applied inventive, do-it-yourself technologies to the fundamentals of photography. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In Denver, Landscapes Soaked, Digitized and Irradiated," 8 June 2018 My dad gave me my first camera and got me into photography. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Photographer Is the King of Capturing L.A.’s Lowrider and Street Cultures," 27 Mar. 2018 For those more into photography, grab your iPhone and set your camera to portrait mode to show off those skills, making Chanel products or the packaging the subject of your piece. Lauren Levinson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Chanel is Launching a New Beauty Instagram," 20 Feb. 2018 From left: Clara McGregor, 22, who finished her cinema-studies major at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts at the end of 2017, aims to act, write, direct, and get back into photography, her original passion. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "How a New Generation of Designers Is Shaking Up Storied Fashion Houses," 13 Feb. 2018 Guest speakers include Artenstein; Keith Shapiro, editor and writer; Allan Phillips, composer; and Sergio Ulloa, director of photography. Linda Mcintosh,, "Jewish Film fest comes to N. County," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photography was in 1839

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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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