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 See more of Caswell’s photography at her Instagram, Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 Kids and adults will have a hard time choosing between salmon fishing, skeet shooting, falconry, horseback riding, archery, off-roading, zip-lining, tennis and photography classes. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing is also named as a defendant, even though Grohl had replaced him in 1990, before the album was recorded or the cover photography was shot. NBC News, 4 Jan. 2022 One being very natural—white and creams, mixed with dark natural wood and washed linen textiles and black-and-white photography. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2022 Excited about Music, film and photography projects, coming in 2022. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 31 Dec. 2021 The words of the newly vaccinated, combined with audio recordings and Dina Litovsky’s photography, chronicle a tantalizing moment when an end to the pandemic seemed within reach. Naib Mian, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2021 Compelling sports photography captures the spirit of competition, and some of the best moments are found on the periphery. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 If photography is for the masses, then the very idea of a smiling photo has been cheapened, and Leaney argues that Instagram formed the bridge between fashion runway behavior to personal posts. Emily Leibert, Allure, 21 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Photography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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