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 discovery of photography at the end of the 1830s was binary. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 In Riverside, an exhibition of photography looks at the forces of dust, while an important New York conceptual artist brings his architecturally minded sculptures to Hollywood. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: A closeup of dust, artistry of the Black Panther Party and celebrating the male physique," 5 July 2018 Features fine art photography, wearable art and lifestyle accessories. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boynton Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Expect a mix of painting, conceptual photography, drawing and mixed media collage. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 The school offers programs from the certificate to bachelor’s level in areas such as design, film, photography, gaming, and culinary studies. Annabelle Williams,, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018 Until that point, Gianfelici had been studying photography, scenography, and art history with the thought of becoming a graphic designer or an architect. 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 The show represents a wide array of styles, including painting, photography, batik, and Japanese wood block printing. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018 Naper Settlement was the perfect historic backdrop for artists to show off their wares, including ceramics, paintings and photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, wood and batik pieces. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville club rolls out the red carpet for annual Fine Art Fair," 23 June 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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